Wheely ride-hailing app writes to UK privacy watchdog over Moscow data demands

Firm tells Information Commissioner’s Office it is being pressured into breaking EU privacy laws

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In the letter to the ICO, sent last month, the Wheely chief executive, Anton Chirkunov, said: “We are very concerned that sharing the data with the MDOT would likely result in a high risk to the privacy rights and freedoms of the individuals to whom it relates, due to the sensitive (and very detailed) nature of the information sought. “We think it unlikely that we (or any other business established in the EU and operating a ride-hailing service in Moscow), would have a legal basis for the purposes of the GDPR [General Data Protection Regulation] to share the requested data with the MDOT.

A spokeswoman for MDOT said: “According to the mayor’s decree, the Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development of Moscow requests a location of a car and a route it travels, as well as brief information about a driver – the absence of a criminal record, positive driving experience and other data to make sure that the service is carried out safely.

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