Russia’s telecommunications regulator Roskomnadzor announced in a statement Monday that the dating app had been added to a register of companies required to share user data with Russian law enforcement and intelligence services, including the FSB, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB.
According to the Roskomnadzor statement, Tinder was added to a special registry that obliges the company to store Russian users’ data — including direct messages, photos and video — for up to one year, and to provide it on demand for investigative purposes. Tinder did not respond to a request for comment.
Three other popular Russian dating apps — Mamba, Wamba and Badoo — share user data with the authorities, Russian internet rights group Roskomsvoboda said in a statement.
Russia’s ability to operate an internet that is walled off from the global internet is so far largely theoretical. But the effort is being closed watched by experts: The legislation, which activists fear will lead to internet restrictions similar to those in China, takes effect in November, state news agency RIA-Novosti reported. The Kremlin describes the project as a “sustainable, secure and fully functioning” local internet.