VKontakte users’ lawsuit over passing personal data to police dismissed
ST. PETERSBURG, April 23 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) — Four activists from Tatarstan, who had demanded 100,000 rubles (about $1,600) in compensation each from VKontakte social network for passing their personal data to police, were denied their compensation claim, the international advocacy group Agora told RAPSI on Tuesday.
The decision was made by the Smolninsky District Court of St. Petersburg.
According to Agora, plaintiffs Andrey Boyarshinov, Elvira Dmitriyeva, Alexey Boyarov and Mikhail Tikhonov are members of Alexey Navalny’s team.
In 2018, the social network passed the plaintiffs’ personal data including names, surnames, e-mail addresses, cell numbers, IP addresses of their social media pages to the republican Interior Ministry’s anti-extremism department without their consent, Agora has said.
As explained in the international advocacy group Agora, such data can be provided only in the framework of the procedural actions - during the investigation into a criminal case or during the pre-investigation check.
Earlier, another similar lawsuit was dismissed.