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Urs, the security measure is to avoid spammers to create a plenty amount of sites, as it's inconvenient for us either. As described in the User Agreement of uCoz Web-Services, paragraph 3.5 and 3.6, uCoz has the right to use the phone number provided by the users for specific cases, like security cases. We can inform our users through a phone call or an SMS message if their personal data, websites and their content are in danger (e.g.: hacking, stealing, etc.), and if those sites are committing illegal actions that are against the abovementioned User Agreement. We would like to publicly confirm that we never and under no circumstances disclose the phone number of our users to any third parties, excepting cases stipulated by the applicable international law.
Can freedom of speech be considered an illegal action according to uCoz agreement ? So for example can a government of one country ask uCoz to give personal information about the owner of a website just because they don't like what is written on that site and uCoz will comply ?
3.5 The User agrees that uCoz has the right to use the data provided by the User during the Registration to run events related to the Service, as well as send notifications to the e-mail address and/or SMS messages to the mobile phone number that were provided by the User, place advertising and informational messages in the space limited by the User’s access.
What if a country prohibits the sending of advertisements over SMS ? How can the user agree with something that is illegal in his country only to use uCoz service ?
3.6 uCoz reserves the right to contact the User through phone calls or by sending SMS messages to check the quality of the provided services and to provide the User with critically important information. The User may request cancellation of phone calls and SMS at any time by informing uCoz.
SMS to check the quality of the provided services ? What does that mean ?
Where can i request cancellation of all phone calls and SMS from uCoz ? Where should i inform uCoz about this ?
3.7 uCoz reserves the right to ask the User for scanned copies of the Users documents to verify the identity of the account/domains owner. uСoz is also obliged to provide accurate contact information about the User upon request of law enforcement authorities or other authorized organizations.
If payment was made, uCoz can identify the user by tracking from which card the payments were made to uCoz.
In some countries there are specific laws that prohibit giving personal documents to foreign companies, because there is no guarantee that the information doesn't end up on a computer that is hacked or that the documents are properly deleted after use.
uCoz can't be obliged to give the Russian federation or Ukraine government information about a German, a French, a British or a Greek citizen etc.
Why ? Because it is illegal in the other countries.
In some extreme cases of national security maybe this can work, but asking information about normal people like myself to build databases, i don't feel very comfortable with the current user agreement.
Has there ever been such a case where uCoz was forced to give personal information to other countries, otherwise they would close the company ?