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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

More than 50 nations, but not U.S., sign onto cybersecurity pact

French President Emmanuel Macron released an international agreement on cybersecurity principles Monday as part of the Paris Peace Forum. The original signatories included more than 50 nations, 130 private sector groups and 90 charitable groups and universities, but not the United States, Russia or China.

The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace is another step in the disjointed effort to create international norms and laws for cybersecurity and warfare. In most international matters of regulating the internet, there tends to be a wide split between the liberal Western order and authoritarian nations like Russia and China.

Full article: More than 50 nations, but not U.S., sign onto cybersecurity pact – Axios

Russia May Unban Telegram…if it Shares Encryption Keys with the FSB

Russia’s telecom watchdog said that it may reverese the ban on Telegram if the company shares its encryption keys with federal law enforcement. Nevertheless, Telegram has not given any indication that it will update its stance in response to the Supreme Court ruling or RKN’s offer.

Source: Russia May Unban Telegram…if it Shares Encryption Keys with the FSB

Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

Hackers have infected more than 500,000 home and small-office routers around the world with malware that can be used to collect communications, launch attacks on others, and permanently destroy the devices with a single command.

Source: Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware | Ars Technica

Russia’s Watchdog May Block Facebook If Network Fails to Comply With Laws

The Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor might raise the issue of blocking Facebook if the social network fails to relocate the Russian citizens’ database to the country’s territory and comply with Russian laws before the end of 2018, the head of Roskomnadzor said in an interview with the newpaper Izvestia.

Source: Russia’s Watchdog May Block Facebook If Network Fails to Comply With Laws – Sputnik International

Russia’s Draft law proposes data subjects “choose processing purposes”

The Ministry of Telecommunications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation (‘Minsvyaz’) issued, on 25 April 2018, a draft Federal Law on Amending the Federal Law of 27 July 2006 No. 152-FZ On Personal Data.

In particular, the Draft Law proposes to amend Articles 9 and 11 of the Federal Law of 27 July 2006 No. 152-FZ On Personal Data in order to regulate consent for the processing of personal data, as well as to introduce a requirement to obtain consent for the processing of biometric data.

Source: Russia: Draft law proposes data subjects “choose processing purposes”

In these three countries, employee consent may be the only way to transfer their data

Before a deep dive into the issues of employee data processing and transfer, it is worth examining the requirements for employment documentation in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Generally, paper files remain the prevailing form of such documentation, and they are extensively used by local companies to demonstrate compliance to state regulators. Among other purposes, employee records maintained in a prescribed way present a proof of proper employee data collection allowing its further processing.

Source: In these three countries, employee consent may be the only way to transfer their data

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