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Moscow deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine

Moscow is using facial recognition technology to ensure people ordered to remain at home or at their hotels under coronavirus quarantine do so.

Russia has temporarily barred Chinese nationals from entering the country to curb the spread of the virus, but has welcomed Russians who return home with an order to spend two weeks at home, even in the absence of symptoms.

Source: Moscow deploys facial recognition technology for coronavirus quarantine – Reuters

Moscow rolls out live facial recognition system with an app to alert police

Moscow is the latest major city to introduce live facial recognition cameras to its streets, with Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announcing that the technology is operating “on a mass scale” earlier this month.

Moscow started trialing live facial recognition in 2017, using technology from Russian firm NtechLab to scan footage from the Russian capital’s network of 160,000 CCTV cameras. The company is best known for its FindFace software, which it launched in 2016 and let users match anyone in a picture to their profile on VK, known as Russia’s Facebook.

Moscow police will use the technology by creating watchlists of suspects they can search for on live camera footage. If a match is found, the police will be notified via NtechLab’s app.

Source: Moscow rolls out live facial recognition system with an app to alert police – The Verge

Russia is working on a Tor de-anonymization project

Hackers have stolen a massive trove of sensitive data and defaced the website of SyTech, a major contractor working for Russian intelligence agency FSB.

The documents included descriptions of dozens of internal projects the company was working on, including ones on de-anonymization of users of the Tor browser and researching the vulnerability of torrents.

A Tor network routes internet traffic through random relays across the world, allowing users to conceal their location and internet usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis.

Source: BBC: Russia is working on a Tor de-anonymization project

FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app

The photo-editing app’s ability to realistically age people has seen its popularity surge, but privacy concerns over the Russian-developed program have resulted in calls for it to be investigated by the FBI and FTC.

Questions have been asked over whether the application, which has its headquarters in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is stating clearly that users’ photos are being uploaded to the cloud for processing, rather than it taking place on the device.

Source: FaceApp responds to privacy concerns as senator asks FBI, FTC to investigate Russian app – TechSpot

Russia’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: ‘Largest Data Breach In Its History’

Hackers successfully targeted Russia’s state security agency last week through a major contractor, stealing and publishing details 7.5 terabytes of secret internet projects including social media scraping and Tor de-anonymization.

FSB is Russia’s primary security agency with parallels with the FBI and MI5, but its remit stretches beyond domestic intelligence to include electronic surveillance overseas and significant intelligence-gathering oversight.

Source: Russia’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: ‘Largest Data Breach In Its History’

ECHR rules uninterrupted CCTV surveillance of detainees is breach of privacy

The case originated in three applications against the Russian Federation lodged with the European Court of Human Rights (Court). The applicants complained, in particular, that constant surveillance of their cells, at times by female guards, by closed-circuit television cameras had violated their right to respect for their private life, as guaranteed by Article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The Court found that the permanent CCTV camera monitoring of the applicants, all in detention, breached their right to private life in contravention of Article 8 of the Convention.

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Using the New Russian Facial Recognition Site

In September 2018, the Russian website FindFace was taken offline in order to provide “solutions tailored for government and business”.

This site received international press for its accuracy in its facial recognition capabilities, with a focus on finding someone’s profile on the Russian social network Vkontakte (VK). Recently, a new site has emerged from the ashes of FindFace: SearchFace.ru.

Full article: bellingcat – Using the New Russian Facial Recognition Site SearchFace.ru – bellingcat

Russia accuses social media giants of flouting data breach laws

The Russian communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has begun legal proceedings against Facebook and Twitter for an apparent breach of data laws.

A civil case has been levelled at the popular social media platforms for, Russia maintains, failing to give more details on how they can achieve compliance with the eastern country’s data laws.

Source: Russia accuses social media giants of flouting data breach laws

Russian Government Presses Twitter, Facebook Over Data-Storage Law

Russia’s communications watchdog has opened administrative proceedings against the U.S. social-media sites Twitter and Facebook for allegedly failing to comply with legislation requiring them to store the personal data of Russian citizens on servers in Russia.

Source: Russian Government Presses Twitter, Facebook Over Data-Storage Law

Russia, stung by intelligence leaks, plans to tighten data protection

Russia has drawn up draft legislation aimed at stopping leaks of personal information from state agencies, a step that follows publication of details of Russians allegedly involved in clandestine intelligence operations abroad.

The bill, produced by Russia’s communications ministry, bars unauthorized people from creating and publishing databases of personal data drawn from official sources, and fines anyone violating that rule.

Full article: Russia, stung by intelligence leaks, plans to tighten data protection | Reuters

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