Russian State Duma complains to Roskomnadzor about leaks from Google Docs

The Head of the Committee on Information Policy, Leonid Levin, believes that search engines are not to blame for the leaks, but rather employees of companies leaked the files, and he called for “the perpetrators to be punished.”

Google Docs data once again got into the search results of the Russian search engine Yandex. In the advanced search, user documents now show up in the “schedule” and “salary” search results. The press service of Yandex said that the data in question “is not prohibited for indexing”: “on our side nothing has changed. The documents in question are linked to the internet.”

This is not the first time documents have been leaked from Google Docs and found on Yandex. On the evening of July 4, web users noticed that in the search results of Yandex you can find confidential data from users’ documents on Google Docs, such as passwords, contact databases, and other personal information.

After this case, the SEO specialist Pavel Medvedev found personal data of Russians in the search results — scans of passports, bank payments, tickets for planes and trains, etc. Yandex has repeatedly officially reported that unsecured documents and files are available in the search results, the owners of which are allowed to access them by hyperlink.

The deputies of the Russian parliament have already responded to incidences of the leakage of data indexed under “schedule” and “salary.” At a press conference, the Head of the State Duma Committee on Information, Information Technology and Communications Leonid Levin said that Roskomnadzor should conduct a thorough investigation into the user data from Google Doc files in the search results of Yandex:

“Here there is the fact that the legal persons who process the data of third parties failed to comply with the responsibility of protecting this data. And this is a direct issue for Roskomnadzor, which should, of course, conduct a thorough investigation and punish the perpetrators.”

According to Levin, Yandex is a search engine, a robot that finds everything that is unencrypted and publicly available.

“This is a direct disregard for the protection of personal data that the company takes upon itself when receiving data from citizens,” the parliamentarian said.

Meanwhile, the Administrative Code provides for fines for those companies that did not ensure the safety of personal data of citizens who used their services.

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