- The Swiss courier service Threema was fined by a Moscow court of 14,200 euros.
- Threema is said to have broken Russian anti-terrorism law.
- Under no circumstances will the data be passed on to the Russian authorities, said Threema chief Martin Blatter of the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
“Roskomnadzor apparently launched an investigation in March 2022, probably to set an example,” a spokesman for Threema told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag.
Threema was convicted of violating Russian anti-terrorism law. This means that telecommunications companies must store data such as phone calls, SMS, e-mails, videos and photos on their servers for up to six months and forward them when requested by the Russian FSB secret service.
Threema does not want to pay fines
“Of course, under no circumstances will we pass on any data to the Russian authorities,” said Threema chief Martin Blatter at Welt am Sonntag.
They must comply with Swiss law, and this does not allow personal data to be transferred to third countries, especially those at war, the spokesman added.
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His company therefore has no intention of accepting or paying the fines, said Blatter.
Threema is a competitor of the Russian messenger Telegram and the American Whatsapp application. The chat application advertises that the service can also be used completely anonymously and that no mobile number or email address is required.