Ukraine’s Security Service asks Google, Apple to stop spread of Russian VKontakte in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The American companies are asked to delete the Russian app from Play Market and App Store
17:19, 8 October 2020

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) demanded from American Google and Apple companies to bring their activity in the territory of Ukraine into conformity with the national legislation and stop spread of Russian app VKontakte in the territory of Ukraine through Play Market and App Store as Ukrinform reported.

Particularly, it is noted that the SBU assumes necessary measures on exposure and neutralization of the threats to the state security of Ukraine in cybernetic and information spheres to fulfill the proper decision of the NSDC (National Security and Defense Council) and order of the president that include the list of people and companies that faced personal special economic and other restrictive measures in the territory of Ukraine.

“During the monitoring, it was established that the majority of Internet service providers use the mentioned decision of the NSDC of Ukraine. However, some of the companies, bypassing the bans, assume measures aiming to provide the users with the possibility to bypass the block of the resources without use of extra software, particularly through mobile apps. According to the SBU initiative, the foreign Google and Apple companies are informed about the spread at their Play Market and App Store services of the mobile apps developed by the legal persons who face sanctions, Spokesperson of SBU Olena Hitlyanska stated.

Related: Vkontakte closes office in Kyiv

Moreover, the SBU, to stop the access to the banned resources and services in the territory of Ukraine, appealed to the Foreign Ministry with a request to inform the foreign partners about the necessity to bring the activity of Google and Apple into conformity with the national legislation of Ukraine.

The SBU also noted that the sanctions legislation of Ukraine contains serious gaps as it does not provide some types of the sanctions and does not determine the state bodies responsibe for implementation of some sanctions and also it does not establish the order of prosecution for actions aiming for leveling or bypass of adopted sanctions.

“To solve particular mentioned problems is offered by the bill #4002; the SBU submitted offers and notes to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,” the message said.

Related: Russia puts IP-addresses of Yandex, Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki to prohibited sites register

As is known, the Russian social network VKontakte is forbidden in Ukraine by the decree of the president Petro Poroshenko from May 15, 2017. Later, on May 14, 2020, sanctions against Russian resources were extended by President Volodymyr Zelensky.


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