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Russian watchdog finds websites with children’s personal data from letters to Santa Claus

November 18, 2016, 20:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The personal data include the children’s full names, their age and living addresses

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MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Internet watchdog (Roskomnadzor) has exposed 55 websites containing children’s personal data from their letters to the Grandfather Frost (Santa Claus), Roskomnadzor reported on its page in the VKontakte social network on Friday.

The personal data include the children’s full names, their age and living addresses, Roskomnadzor said.

"We have found 55 websites, which are sabotaging the entire work of the Grandfather Frost and posting the personal data of children from their letters to the Grandfather for open access. The full name, the age, the home address and the phone number - these data are accessible to an unlimited number of people without the consent of the lawful representatives," Roskomnadzor said in a statement.

According to Roskomnadzor’s data, the websites with the children’s personal data are registered not only in Russia but also in the domain zones of Panama, Australia and the United States.

"We’ll take the relevant response measures (including judicial actions) on all the exposed facts to eliminate the violations," Roskomnadzor said.

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