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Russia to restrict processing of public data

Beginning March 1, 2021, Russia will impose restrictions on the processing of personal data publicly available on the internet and offline. The legislative changes are aimed at fighting the uncontrolled dissemination of personal information.

Under current law “On Personal Data” any data operator (the Russian equivalent of the term controller) may process personal data if the data subject made it publicly accessible or instructed another person to do so. There is no need to ground the processing on legitimate interests, the performance of a contract, data subject’s consent or other common lawful bases. When “Amendments to the Federal Law on Personal Data” No.519-ФЗ dated Dec. 30, 2020, goes into effect, this rule and the term publicly accessible data will disappear.

Source: Look but don’t touch — Russia to restrict processing of public data

Russian police go digital against protesters

Georgy Malets didn’t make it to an anti-Kremlin rally last month. He was detained on his way there by police using facial recognition technology in the Moscow metro.

The 30-year-old Russian photo blogger said the police told him he had been identified by a “Face-ID” camera system and must accompany them to a police station for checks.

Reports from other protesters who have attend rallies in recent weeks in support of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny also indicate police are using facial recognition technology to make preventive arrests and detentions.

An unnamed law enforcement source told TASS news agency the technology used images stored on a database of regular protesters. Rights advocates expressed concern surveillance systems were being used for this purpose.

Source: “Face control”: Russian police go digital against protesters | Reuters

Moscow court finds Google, YouTube guilty in breach of privacy over video depicting minor

Moscow’s Tagansky District Court has granted a motion by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) against Google LLC and YouTube by finding them guilty in a breach of privacy law.

Roskomnadzor had brought the case to the court in the interests of the mother of a school student who asked Roskomnadzor to protect the rights of her underage daughter shown in a YouTube video.

Source: Moscow court finds Google, YouTube guilty in breach of privacy over video depicting minor

Facebook Pays Russia $50K Fine For Not Localizing User Data

Facebook has paid Russian authorities a 4 million ruble ($53,000) fine over its refusal to comply with controversial data localization laws.

Under laws which came into force in 2016, Russia requires all foreign technology companies to store data related to their Russian customers and users on servers located inside Russia.

Source: Facebook Pays Russia $50K Fine For Not Localizing User Data – The Moscow Times

Leaks and lawsuits blight Russia facial recognition

The rise of cloud computing and AI technologies have popularised the technology globally, with supporters saying it promises greater security and efficiency.

With more than 105,000 cameras, Moscow boasts one of the world’s most comprehensive surveillance systems. It became fully operational this year and authorities say it has cut crime and helped the city enforce coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

But the backlash is growing, too, as critics say benefits come at the cost of lost privacy and increased surveillance. The rights activists say cameras have been used to monitor political rallies and a lack of clear rules allows for abuse.

Full article: Leaks and lawsuits blight Russia facial recognition

Wheely ride-hailing app writes to UK privacy watchdog over Moscow data demands

The ride-hailing app Wheely has written to the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after claiming it is being pressured into potentially breaking European privacy law by handing over data on its journeys to the Moscow Department of Transportation (MDOT).

The company, which has its headquarters in London, last month had its Russian subsidiary suspended from operating by a Moscow court for 90 days, after it refused to hand over the information that it argues could be used to breach the privacy of individual customers.

Source: Wheely ride-hailing app writes to UK privacy watchdog over Moscow data demands

Academic Project Used Marketing Data to Monitor Russian Military Sites

Cellphone location data purchased from marketers enabled researchers at Mississippi State to track the movements of Russian generals. The data have major implications for national-security and law-enforcement agencies, too.

At one of the locations, the Nyonoksa Missile Test Site in northern Russia, the group identified 48 mobile devices present on Aug. 9, one day after a mysterious radiation spike there generated international headlines and widespread speculation that a Russian missile test had gone wrong.

Source: Academic Project Used Marketing Data to Monitor Russian Military Sites – WSJ

Germany proposes first-ever use of EU cyber sanctions over Russia hacking

Berlin has officially called for the use of a new EU sanctions framework to target Russian individuals following the 2015 hack attack against the German parliament’s IT system, an inquiry has revealed.

If agreed, the plan, which was recommended by Berlin last month, would be the first use of an EU cyber sanctions regime adopted in 2017.

Source: Germany proposes first-ever use of EU cyber sanctions over Russia hacking | News | DW | 12.07.2020

Russian use of facial recognition technology challenged at ECHR

Activist Alyona Popova and politician Vladimir Milov have lodged a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) about Russia’s use of facial recognition technology.

The lawsuit is the first laid before the court challenging use of the technology for mass surveillance, according to Human Rights Watch, citing Popova’s and Milov’s lawyer, Kirill Koroteyev.

Source: Russian use of facial recognition technology challenged at ECHR

Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School

More than 43,000 Russian schools will be equipped with facial recognition cameras ominously named “Orwell”.

The state technology firm Rusnano’s Orwell platform is described as a image-recognition monitoring system that uses computer vision algorithms. It will be integrated with face recognition developed by NTechLab, a subsidiary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close associate Sergei Chemezov’s Rostec conglomerate.

The technology will ensure children’s safety by monitoring their movements and identifying outsiders on the premises.

Source: Russia to Install ‘Orwell’ Facial Recognition Tech in Every School – Vedomosti – The Moscow Times

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