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The lawyer warned about the fine for reading other people’s personal correspondence

Attempting to gain access to someone else’s private messages may result in a punishment in the form of a fine or correctional or compulsory labor. On July 22, lawyer Elena Kuderko spoke about this.

According to her, according to Article 138 of the Criminal Code “violation of the secrecy of correspondence, telephone conversations, postal, telegraphic or other messages”, a fine for such a crime can be levied in the amount of up to 80 thousand rubles or in the amount of wages or other income of the convicted person for a period of up to six months, compulsory works for a period of up to three hundred and sixty hours, or corrective labor for a period of up to one year are also provided.

“When gaining access to messages, the crime will be considered completed. And the responsibility is quite significant, although the crime itself is characterized by a small severity., – quotes the words of Kuderko agency “Prime”.

At the same time, the lawyer noted that the responsibility for violating the secrecy of someone else’s personal correspondence is much more significant for those who, by virtue of their official powers, for example, for an employee of a mobile operator.

Relatives and close friends cannot avoid punishment either, since the degree of relationship of a person who has gained access to personal messages does not matter for prosecution, the expert added. Meanwhile, the exception is the access of parents to the children’s correspondence, Kuderko emphasized.

Earlier, on July 3, Alexander Dvoryansky, director of special projects at Angara Security, said that for security reasons, personal data from social networks, information about banking applications and email cannot be stored on a smartphone. And also, as specified, it is not recommended to save photos of the passport, SNILS and other documents identifying the user.

On June 14, the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Russia provided information that more than 70% of personal information leaks occur through the fault of employees of companies with access to databases, which also appears in the public domain. It was noted that social engineering, software vulnerabilities, the introduction of malware, compromised accounts are used to gain access to data from the outside.

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