Russian court to hear consumers’ suit on SMS leak vs MegaFon Sep 5

MOSCOW, Aug 11 (PRIME) — Moscows Zamoskvoretsky Court has scheduled for September 5 the main hearings of a lawsuit filed by a consumer union against major mobile operator MegaFon for a leak of SMS text messages sent from the operators Web site, the courts representative said, RIA Novostis agency for legal and court information RAPSI reported Thursday.

The consumer union filed the lawsuit against MegaFon after major search engine Yandex displayed SMS text messages sent from MegaFons Web site in its search results due to a failure on the operators Web site in mid-July.

In the lawsuit, the consumer union claimed that MegaFon had violated consumers privacy rights by failing to prevent a public leak of SMS messages.

Yandex press office said on July 18 that the search engine displayed the messages because the site did not contain a special file preventing the search engine from indexing certain Web pages. However, MegaFons Deputy CEO Valery Yermakov said later that the company was not ruling out that Yandex was at fault for the leak, as MegaFon cooperates with all Web search engines, but that the SMS messages were only displayed by Yandex. In total, 2,500 messages were displayed in Yandex search results, Yermakov said.


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