Yandex’s Yango in Talks With Dutch Scrutineer Over Data Protection

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Yandex's Yango in Talks With Dutch Scrutineer Over Data Protection
Yandex's Yango in Talks With Dutch Scrutineer Over Data Protection

Yango, a Russian-owned tech firm, is in conversation with the Dutch Data Protection Agency to verify compliance with European data transmission and storage standards.

Yango, a ride-hailing app owned by Russian tech firm Yandex NV, announced on Thursday that it is in conversation with the Dutch Data Protection Agency to verify compliance with European data transmission and storage standards.

In August, Finnish and Norwegian officials announced plans to prohibit Yango from transmitting data to Russia due to concerns that it may end up in the hands of security agencies, but that decision was later reversed.

The Dutch Data Protection Agency announced on Thursday that it is also looking into Yango. Yandex, also known as “Russia’s Google,” is Nasdaq-listed but headquartered in the Netherlands.

The DPA said it could not reveal “the contents of this investigation or the timeline.”

Yango stated that the Finnish and Norwegian investigations demonstrated that Yango’s private information processing does not present any imminent threat to the fundamental rights and freedoms” of European consumers.

“As we have always stated, the data of Yango users cannot be obtained from the service by Russian authorities outside of the established international procedures, for example, involving Interpol.”

Yandex is attempting to split its core Russian activities from its overseas operations registered in the Netherlands.

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