Head of the Information Committee informed about the correction of the error with the representation of Crimea on Apple devices

The Russian representative office of Apple informed the heads of the relevant committees of the State Duma that Crimea and Sevastopol are displayed on maps applications of their mobile devices as the territory of Russia. Members of the State Duma promised to monitor compliance with the laws regarding the territorial integrity of the country
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On Wednesday, May 22, Vasilii Piskarev Piskarev Vasilii Ivanoviсh Piskarev
Vasilii Ivanoviсh
, Chairman of the Committee on Security and Corruption Control, and Leonid Levin Levin Leonid Leonidoviсh Levin
Leonid Leonidoviсh
, Chairman of the Committee on Informational Policy, Technologies and Communications, met with Vitaly Morozko, Director of Apple Rus LLC. The head of the Russian distributor Apple informed the parliamentarians about making corrections to the Maps and Weather applications on the Apple electronic devices and correcting inaccuracies in the representation of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as Russian territory.

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Vitaly Morozko informed the parliamentarians that the Crimean settlements on the maps applications in Apple’s smartphones and tablets are displayed as the territory of Russia after the corrections were made by the company. He also noted that Apple Rus operates in the Russian legislative field and intends to strictly comply with the country's legislation.

In their turn, the Chairmen of the Committees Vasilii Piskarev and Leonid Levin indicated to the head of Apple Rus LLC that not all software products were corrected. For example, the Weather application displays Crimean cities but they are not indicated as belonging to the Russian Federation, although in other cases the application tells in what country this or that city is located. Representatives of Apple Rus LLC asked for additional time to consult with Apple’s headquarters, located in the USA, and decide on the finalization of the software. Vitaly Morozko promised to report on the results of the work to the State Duma on May 29.

“The issues of correct representation of the borders of Russia and the territorial affiliation of our cities in full compliance with the legislation of our country remain under the control of the relevant committees of the State Duma. This requirement applies to all companies operating in Russia, both domestic and foreign,” said Vasilii Piskarev.

He also reminded that Art. 19.10 of the Code of Administrative Offenses establishes administrative liability for violation of the established rules for assigning or using the names of geographical objects.

 “Constructive interaction with the global information technology giants shows the advantages of open dialogue, even though there is an attempt to drag us into the exchange of confrontational statements and restrictive measures. The Russian parliament is always open for discussion on any issues of mutual interest, but issues of national sovereignty, including compliance with domestic legislation, is not negotiable,” said Leonid Levin, Chairman of the Committee on Informational Policy, Technologies and Communications.