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    Privacy Policy

    Federal State Unitary Enterprise Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency (hereinafter referred to as the "Agency," "we," "us," "our," "ours"), with a registered place of business at 4/1,2,3 Zubovsky Blvd., Moscow 119021, Russian Federation, assigns a high priority to protecting your privacy and the security of your personal data.

    We comply with "Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation)" or GDPR. When processing personal data, we adhere to the principles set forth in Article 5 of the GDPR.

    Please read this Privacy Policy (hereinafter referred to as the "Privacy Policy") carefully, in order to understand the purposes for which we process your personal data, as well as how you can exercise your rights regarding your personal data that is processed by the Agency.

    We have tried to make this Privacy Policy as clear and simple as possible.

    The officially-approved Russian-language version of this Privacy Policy has been translated into a language that you can better understand.

    If you have any questions regarding the processing of your personal data or the protection of your personal data, or any suggestions on how to improve the wording of this Privacy Policy, or if you would like to review the officially approved version, please send us a message using the contact information in Section 10 "Contacts".

    1. Scope of use

    This Privacy Policy is designed to inform you about how we collect and process your personal data when you use our information resources, during the course of our journalistic activity and for the purpose of organising various events.

    This Privacy Policy applies to the processes outlined in Section 3 "Privacy notice".

    Please note that our information resources may contain links to the resources of other service providers that are beyond our control and to whom this Privacy Policy does not apply.

    We require that our partners handle user data with care, therefore, we work only with companies that have established their credibility.

    2. Collecting the personal data of underage users

    Our information resources are not designed to process the personal data of children below the age of 13. In the event that we need to use this type of data to create website content, it is mandatory that we request consent from a parent or legal guardian.

    If you have reason to believe that a child has provided us with his or her personal data, please let us know using the contact information in Section 10 "Contacts".

    3. Privacy notice

    3.1. Processing your personal data through Agency information resources with identification

    The Agency’s information resources process personal data to identify you as an individual for the following purposes:

    3.1.1. To provide you with the features that are available in your personal account on Sputnik websites

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To provide you with the opportunity to participate in discussions on news and commentary.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    Your name or username and email are necessary to create a personal account on Sputnik websites.

    Once you have created an account, you can add more information to your personal account, including a profile photo, age, gender, date of birth, country and social media contacts. This additional information is not required.

    If you provide your social media ID, Sputnik websites will process the data available on your social media accounts, including your first and last name, profile photo, date of birth, gender, email and subscriptions.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Your consent.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Until you delete your account or withdraw your consent (or request that we delete your data).

    The withdrawal of consent procedure is described in Clause 5.7 "Right to withdraw consent".

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    If you provided social media ID via your personal account settings, your data will be transferred to third parties, specifically: Facebook Inc. (Facebook); Google LLC (Firebase, Google Analytics); Twitter Inc. (Twitter); and Vkontakte LLC (Vkontakte).

    No data will be transferred to third parties if you do not provide your social media accounts via your personal account settings.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    If you provide your social media accounts via your personal account settings, your personal data will be processed in the Russian Federation, the United States and other countries where the respective social media providers operate.

    If you do not provide social media ID via your personal account settings, your personal data will only be processed in the Russian Federation.

    3.1.2. To provide you with the features that are available in your personal account on Sputnikimages.com

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To grant licenses for the use of photo images, graphics, infographics and audio-visual content.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    First name, last name, email, login, company name, company’s area of business, city, country, place of employment, job title, postal index, address, contact telephone number.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    A contract (license agreement).

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Until the contract (license agreement) expires.

    Upon expiration of the contract, the contract will be transferred to our internal archives. The contract will be stored for a period determined by internal file register regulations, as required by Russian law.

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    No personal data is transferred to third parties.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will be processed only in the Russian Federation.

    3.1.3. To create personal accounts for representatives of corporate clients using Sputnik Trending

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To provide Sputnik Trending services.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    Email, company name, login, newsfeed subscriptions.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    A contract (license agreement).

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Until the contract (license agreement) expires.

    Upon expiration of the contract, the contract will be transferred to our internal archives. The contract will be stored for a period determined by internal file register regulations, as required by Russian law.

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    No personal data will be transferred to third parties.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will be processed only in the Russian Federation.

    3.1.4. To organise contests and other events

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To organise contests or campaigns for marketing purposes.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    Social media ID, first name, last name, patronymic (middle name), age, country, contacts for messenger sites and social media, contact telephone numbers, email, photos and videos.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    The rules of participation for the contest or other event.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Until the end of the event.

    Winners’ data are subject to processing until they receive their awards.

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    If third parties (partners, third-party platforms) are involved in organising the event or presenting awards (postal services, courier services or partners), your personal data will be transferred to third parties.

    If no third parties are involved in organising any stage of the contest, including the presentation of awards to winners, the Agency will not transfer any personal data to third parties.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    If third parties (partners, third-party platforms) are involved in organising the event or presenting awards (postal services, courier services or partners), your personal data will be processed in the Russian Federation and in other countries where these third parties operate.

    If no third parties are involved, your personal data will only be processed in the Russian Federation.

    3.1.5. To comment on news via social media accounts

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To provide users with the opportunity to comment on news content on Sputnik websites using their Facebook accounts.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    Facebook ID, first name, last name, profile photo.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Your consent.

    When a user comments on our news content, information about the author of this comment becomes publicly available unless it violates the user’s rights and/or freedoms. We expect the author to be aware of this.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Your personal data will be stored until you withdraw your consent.

    The withdrawal of consent procedure is described in Clause 5.7 "Right to withdraw consent".

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    Facebook Inc. (Facebook).

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will be processed in the Russian Federation, the United States and other countries where the social media provider operates.

    3.1.6. Email newsletters to Sputnik and Sputnikimages.com subscribers

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To distribute email newsletters.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    First name, last name, email, your location (address), email client.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Your consent.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Until you withdraw your consent.

    The withdrawal of consent procedure is described in Clause 5.7 "Right to withdraw consent".

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    The Rocket Science Group (Mailchimp); SendPulse Inc. (Sendpulse).

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will be processed in the Russian Federation, the United States, Germany and Lithuania.

    3.1.7. Feedback

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To process requests or comments (complaints and suggestions) from individuals or representatives of organisations.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    First name, last name; place of employment and job title; address; country; contact telephone numbers; email.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Ensuring you receive feedback to resolve your issue.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Until your issue is resolved.

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    No data is transferred to third parties.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will only be processed in the Russian Federation.

    3.2. Processing your personal data through Agency information resources without identification

    Our information resources automatically collect data without identifying you as an individual for the following purposes:

    3.2.1. User behaviour analysis for Agency information resources using internal analytics systems

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To improve website performance and content delivery, to identify the most relevant news content, to display targeted advertising on the Agency’s website and in advertising networks.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    Cookies, IP address, location, type and version of the device’s operating system, type and version of browser, type of device and screen resolution, source of traffic (website or ad), language of the operating system and browser, user’s online activity.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Legitimate interest.

    When processing your data, we act based on our legitimate interest because no other grounds apply in this case. Our performance depends on your interest in the content we provide and on ease of use.

    User behaviour analysis is a common practice among media outlets, therefore, we expect you to be aware of this. We assure you that any analysis of your data that we conduct to achieve the said goal will have no significant impact on your rights and freedoms.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    The period of storage depends on the type of cookie.

    You can learn more about cookie types in the Cookies table.

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    No personal data is transferred to third parties.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will only be processed in the Russian Federation.

    3.2.2. User behaviour analysis for Agency information resources using third-party resources

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To improve website performance and content delivery, to show the most relevant news content, to display targeted advertising.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    Cookies, IP address, location, type and version of the device’s operating system, type and version of browser, type of device and the screen resolution, source of traffic (website or ad), language of the operating system and browser, user’s online activity.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Your consent.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    1) until the expiration of the storage period for the respective cookie file, depending on the type. Storage periods for each cookie type are specified in the Cookies table.

    2) until you withdraw your consent (decline data processing).

    The withdrawal of consent procedure is described in Clause 5.7 "Right to withdraw consent."

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    To accomplish this purpose, we connect to information resources of third-party services:

    We provide these services the opportunity to gather your personal data for analysis. In this case, the processing of your personal data is subject to the privacy policies of these third-party services.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will be processed in the Russian Federation, the United States, Egypt and other countries where the involved third-party services operate.

    3.3. Data processing for internal Agency purposes

    In addition to the activity stated above, the Agency operates outside of its information resources. The Agency processes your personal data in the course of its operation for the following purposes:

    3.3.1. Accreditation of foreign media representatives for events organised or hosted by the Agency

    For the purpose of personal data processing

    To provide media accreditation for events.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    First name, last name, patronymic (middle name); gender; citizenship; identification document data; photograph; copies of passport pages; place of employment and job title; visa category and number; email; contact telephone numbers; purpose of visit to the country.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Your consent.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    For the period of accreditation and one year after the accreditation expires.

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    Your personal data will be transferred to third parties if the Agency involves them in the event.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will be processed in the Russian Federation and in the country where an event is held.

    3.3.2. Inviting a guest speaker to an Agency news conference on EU territory

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To organise an Agency event.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    First name, last name, patronymic (middle name); photograph; place of employment and job title; email; contact telephone numbers; academic degree; profile; contact information for messenger sites and social media.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Your consent.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Until the end of the event.

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    Your personal data will be transferred to third parties if the Agency involves them in organising the news conference.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will be processed in the Russian Federation and the country where the news conference is held.

    3.3.3. Processing the data of representatives of the Agency’s partners, contractors and clients in the EU

    Purpose of personal data processing

    Executing, performing and terminating a civil contract, approving a contract with a contractor.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    First name, last name, patronymic (middle name); place of employment and job title; email; contact telephone number.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Actions towards executing a contract as well as performance of the contract (any type of contract).

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Until the execution of the contract as well as while it is valid, until termination/expiration.

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    No personal data is transferred to third parties.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Personal data will only be processed in the Russian Federation.

    3.3.4. Content production by a media outlet

    Purpose of personal data processing

    For media outlet operations.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    First name, last name, patronymic (middle name); place of employment and job title; photograph; audio recording of an interview; video recording of an interview or speech; profile; email; contact telephone number; contact information for messenger services and social media.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Legitimate interest.

    When gathering your data, we act based on our legitimate interests because no other grounds apply in this case. Our operation involves promptly responding to events in various areas of society and presenting them in the form of news content. When producing news content during the course of our operation as a media outlet, we may use personal data and these personal data will become publicly available unless it violates the rights and freedoms of an individual. We expect you to be aware of this.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Indefinitely, as part of our journalistic activity as a media outlet.

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    No personal data is transferred to third parties.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will only be processed in the Russian Federation.

    3.3.5. Newsletters to representatives of European media outlets

    Purpose of personal data processing

    To distribute newsletters.

    Personal data processed for this purpose

    First name, last name, patronymic (middle name); place of employment; contact telephone number; email; country.

    Legal grounds for processing your personal data

    Your consent.

    Period of storage of your personal data

    Until you withdraw your consent.

    The withdrawal of consent procedure is described in Clause 5.7 "Right to withdraw consent".

    Transferring personal data to third parties

    No personal data is transferred to third parties.

    Transferring personal data to third countries and international organisations

    Your personal data will only be processed in the Russian Federation.

    4. Automated individual decision-making and profiling

    To accomplish the purposes for which we process your personal data, we do not engage in automated individual decision-making, including profiling.

    5. Your rights

    5.1. Right to access your personal information

    You have the right to obtain information from us about the processing of your personal data, the purpose of processing, categories, recipients or categories of recipients, including from third countries (outside the European Union or the European Economic Area) or international organisations, the period of storage, conditions of terminating the processing of your data and the source of your personal data.

    If we process your personal data electronically, we will provide you with a copy of these data in a commonly-used format.

    5.2. Right to correct your personal data

    If your personal data is inaccurate, incomplete or outdated, you have the right to require that we correct it without delay on our part or, when appropriate, to correct it on your own, for example, in your personal account settings.

    You will be notified once we have corrected your personal data.

    5.3. Right to delete your personal data

    You have the right to request that we delete your personal data without delay on our part or, when appropriate, delete it yourself, for example, in your personal account settings.

    If we cannot delete your personal data, we will anonymise your personal data to make it impossible to identify the owner.

    You will be notified once we have deleted or anonymised your personal data.

    5.4. Right to restrict (block) processing

    You have the right to request that we restrict (block) the processing of your personal data. You may, however exercise this right only in the following cases:

    1) you have disputed the accuracy of your personal data for a period that allowed us sufficient time to verify these data;

    2) processing your personal data is against the law and you object to your personal data being deleted and request that we restrict their use;

    3) we no longer need your personal data for the purposes of processing but you need them to impose, pursue or protect your legal requirements;

    4) you object to the processing until it is verified that our legitimate grounds override your grounds.

    If the processing of your personal data is restricted (blocked), we will suspend processing until the restriction is lifted but will continue to store your personal data.

    You can lift the restriction (block) from the processing of your personal data at any time by sending us a request using the methods specified in Section 10 "Contacts".

    5.5. Right to data portability

    You have the right to obtain your personal data in a structured and machine-readable format as well as the right to have these data transferred to another controller if technically feasible.

    You may exercise this right when your data is processed electronically on the basis of your consent or a signed agreement to which you are a party.

    5.6. Right to object

    You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data at any time based on a substantiated objection, when we process your data:

    1) to perform tasks in the public interest or to exercise official authority conferred on us;

    2) based on the legitimate interests that we or a third party pursue, except when pursuing these interests is necessary to protect your rights and freedoms.

    We will not process your personal data if we cannot demonstrate convincing legal grounds for processing them.

    You may also, at any time, object to our processing of your personal data for marketing purposes, including for profiling.

    5.7. Right to withdraw consent

    If your personal data are processed due to your consent, you have the right to withdraw it. We use a simple 'withdrawal of consent' procedure:

    1) withdrawal of consent to email newsletters.

    You can withdraw your consent using any of the methods below:

    a) click "unsubscribe" in any distributed email;

    b) send us a withdrawal notice in a reply to an email newsletter;

    c) turn off email newsletters in your personal account settings, where available.

    2) withdrawal of consent to personal data processing via your account on Sputnik websites.

    You can withdraw your consent using any of the methods below:

    a) delete your account in the settings of your personal account on Sputnik websites (you will find a link to delete your account in Settings);

    b) send us a withdrawal notice using the methods specified in Section 10 "Contacts".

    3) withdrawal of consent to cookie processing (declining cookie processing).

    You can withdraw consent (decline processing) following the steps in our Cookie and Automatic Logging Policy. Depending on type, cookies can be deleted automatically after you close the browser on your device. We will stop processing cookies that are not deleted automatically after you withdraw consent.

    4) withdrawal of consent to personal data processing for purposes unrelated to the use of our information resources.

    You can withdraw your consent by sending us a notice using the methods specified in Section 10 "Contacts".

    5.8. Right to file a complaint with a supervisory authority

    You have the right to file a complaint with an authorised supervisory authority in your country if you have doubts about our methods for processing your data or protecting and enforcing your rights.

    You can find contact information for your supervisory authority on the European Data Protection Board website.

    5.9. Request for additional information required to identify a data subject

    If the data you provided are insufficient for observing your rights, we may request additional data from you to verify your identity. We do our best to request only essential information that is absolutely necessary. If you fail to provide additional information we will not be able to observe your rights. If you believe that we violate your rights by requesting additional information, you can file a complaint with a respective supervisory authority.

    5.10. Terms of providing information on your rights

    We provide information on observing your rights free of charge. If your request is clearly unsubstantiated or excessive (specifically, due to repetitiveness), we may refuse to respond or charge a fee for providing the requested information.

    5.11. Exercising your rights

    We provide several methods for exercising your rights:

    1) You can use the online feedback form available on the website to send us a request regarding your personal data;

    2) You can exercise your rights without assistance, when available, via your personal account;

    3) You can address critical issues to our data protection officer: privacy@sputniknews.com.

    5.12. When we are restricted from observing your rights

    According to Article 23 of the GDPR, we must restrict the scope of our obligations and your rights when it is required by the law of the European Union or an EU member state.

    These restrictions may apply if your personal data are processed to safeguard:

    1) national security;

    2) defence;

    3) public security;

    4) the preliminary inspection, investigation, identity verification or the prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security;

    5) other important objectives of general public interest of the European Union or of a member state in which you are located, in particular, an important economic or financial interest of the European Union or of a member state, including monetary, budgetary and taxation matters, public health and social security;

    6) the protection of judicial independence and judicial proceedings;

    7) the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of breaches of ethics for regulated professions;

    8) a monitoring, inspection or regulatory function connected to the exercise of official authority;

    9) the protection of the data subject or the rights and freedoms of others;

    10) the right to file civil law claims and enforce foreign court rulings.

    There are also special conditions that must be met for your rights to be exercised, specifically:

    Exemptions from the right to delete personal data:

    1) observing the right to freedom of expression and freedom of information;

    2) performing a statutory obligation that requires the processing of personal data under the law of the European Union or an EU member state, or accomplishing an objective of general public interest or for exercising official authority imposed on us by the law of the European Union or an EU member state;

    3) protecting the public interest in the area of public health;

    4) processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes;

    5) initiating, conducting or defending a legal claim.

    Exemptions from the right to restrict (block) processing:

    1) introducing, meeting or defending legal requirements, upon your consent;

    2) protecting the rights of another individual or a legal entity;

    3) pursuing the important public interests of the European Union or an EU member state.

    If we are not able to observe your rights upon your request, we will send you a substantiated refusal.

    You have the right to file a complaint with a competent supervisory authority in your country if you have doubts with regard to our processing your data or protecting or observing your rights.

    Your country’s supervisory authority's contact information is available on the European Data Protection Board website.

    6. Cookies and automatic logging

    To accomplish the purposes set forth in Clause 3.2 of this Privacy Policy, we use cookies and automatic logging.

    A cookie is a small data file stored on your device (computer, tablet, smart phone, etc.).

    Automatic logging is a log file used by our web servers and security systems.

    We process these data solely for the safe use of our information resources as well as to improve the performance of our information resources.

    We do not use these data to identify you or integrate these data with other data. Nor do we transfer these data or create user profiles.

    You can learn more about how we use these technologies in our "Cookie and automatic logging policy".

    7. Guarantees regarding personal data transfers to third countries

    If we deal with a contractor whose country of operation is not on the list of countries ensuring an adequate level of personal data protection, we use standard contractual terms, as recommended by the European Commission. We have adopted security measures to protect your personal data according to the best security and privacy practices available. We use safety precautions to protect your information.

    8. Data security

    The personal data we collect and store constitute classified information. They are protected from loss, manipulation or unauthorised access, by virtue of technical tools and organisational procedures. We continuously improve our data protection systems.

    We assess impacts on data protection in order to identify your risks during data processing. We minimise detected risks by employing technical and organisational security measures.

    You are responsible for the safekeeping of the password we provide for your personal account on our website. You must maintain this password in confidence and never transfer it to anybody.

    9. Policy amendments
    We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Policy from time to time.

    We will inform you of any changes to this Privacy Policy using the available means (via your contact email provided during registration or via our information resources during your next visit).

    Please review every update to this Privacy Policy.

    10. Contacts
    To send us a message concerning the protection of personal data, please use the feedback form on the website.

    You can address important questions on personal data protection directly to our data protection officer:

    Name: Dmitry Naimushin

    Email: privacy@sputniknews.com

    Please note that this contact information can only be used for inquiries regarding personal data processing and protection. Unrelated inquiries will not be considered.

    For inquiries unrelated to personal data protection, please use the contacts on the Agency website: https://sputniknews.com/docs/about/index.html. Be sure to address your request to the appropriate department. If you send your request to the wrong department, your issue may remain unresolved because departments only respond to requests within their competence.

    Last updated: 10.04.2020

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