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Snapchat has been registered with a Russian regulator

Snapchat’s mother or father firm says the US messaging app has been registered with Russia’s expertise regulator with out its information.

Snap advised the BBC that the Roskomnadzor company had unilaterally put it on its register of knowledge distributors.

The transfer means Snapchat will likely be required to maintain all messages for six months and make them accessible to the Russian safety providers.

Snap mentioned it had no intention of complying with the rule.

A spokesman for the corporate mentioned it had supplied “very primary contact info” to Roskomnadzor, however “not for the aim of registering us”.

Snap is the primary Western social media firm to search out itself on the listing. Whatsapp and Fb Messenger haven’t been added.

Russia’s new knowledge legal guidelines require “info distribution organisers” to register with the regulator and retailer customers’ knowledge for six months. The necessities come into pressure subsequent 12 months.

Corporations should additionally hand over their encryption keys when requested, consistent with Russian anti-terror laws.

Russian websites VKontakte and RuTube have all signed up, in accordance with expertise web site Gizmodo, whereas Telegram added its identify to the listing after pressure from local authorities.

Non-compliance comes with a danger. Chinese language messaging service WeChat was blocked earlier this 12 months, Russian web site VC.Ru reported [in Russian].

Snap doesn’t have a selected determine for Russian customers, however says there are 57 million each day customers in Europe as an entire.