“The Russian authority Roskomnadzor apparently launched an investigation in March 2022, probably to set an example,” said a Threema spokesman for the German newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”. He confirmed the information to the Keystone-SDA news agency on Saturday.
Threema was convicted for violating the provisions of Russia’s anti-terror law. Accordingly, telecommunications companies must store specific data such as telephone calls, SMS, e-mails, videos and photos for up to six months on their servers and, if requested, forward them to the domestic secret service FSB.
“Of course, under no circumstances will we deliver any data to the Russian authorities,” Threema boss Martin Blatter was quoted as saying in the “Welt am Sonntag”. They must comply with Swiss law, which does not allow personal data to be passed on to third countries, let alone warring ones, the spokesman added.
His company therefore has no intention of accepting or paying the fine, Blatter said. Threema is a competitor to the Russian messenger service Telegram and the US application WhatsApp.
The chat app advertises that the service can also be used completely anonymously and that neither a mobile number nor an email address are required. When it comes to security, in addition to encryption, reference is often made to the location of the server in Switzerland.