Tracking down citizens in Russia declared legal by court

Systems installed on the streets of MoscowIdentification of citizens by face caused numerous discussions regarding the freedom of personal space and interference in the private lives of citizens. Muscovite Alena Popova even filed a lawsuit in order to consider the legality of the use of identification technology in video surveillance systems.

According to the applicant, the application of the systemidentification without written permission of Russian citizens, contrary to the law on personal data and the right to privacy. However, the Savelovsky District Court of Moscow decided that at the present stage, video surveillance does not interfere in the personal lives of Russians.

The decision states that sinceThere is no such biometric data as a single data storage center such as information on the iris, height and weight of citizens, such a system is not able to uniquely identify a person.

Comparative analysis of video surveillance dataonly able to detect similarities with the criminal data available in the database of law enforcement officers by 65%. The video image of citizens itself is not equivalent to the biometric personal data of Russians, the court believes that it allows the use of video surveillance without written consent.

Source: Vedomosti