Yandex transferred personal data of Ukrainians to Russian secret services

According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), the management of Yandex transferred personal data of Ukrainian citizens to Russian secret services.

“It was found out that the company’s management illegally collected, saved and transferred to Russia personal data of Ukrainian citizens,” the SBU report says.

The Service specified that Yandex transferred data like “occupation, life style, housing, work, leisure, sources and amounts of income, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and accounts in social networks.”

According to the SBU, Russian special services also received data on civil servants, law enforcement and special forces employees, servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as well as units involved in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“The information was passed on to special services of the Russian Federation for planning, organizing and conducting reconnaissance, sabotage, information and subversive operations in our country,” the department notes.

The Security Service officers conducted searches in Yandex offices in Kiev and Odessa in connection with the criminal case on high treason (Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). The servers and documentation were extracted, and will be sent for examination.

“The experts will also analyze the redirection of Ukrainian users’ traffic to Russian servers, and will check whether the illegal activities were managed from the territory of the Russian Federation,” adds the SBU.

On May 16th the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree imposing sanctions against Yandex, and social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, which imply the blocking of these sites in Ukraine.