Journalists will not have access to information on real estate of high-ranking officials
Information on objects under the state protection now could be received only after approval of the Federal Security Guard Service (FSGS).
Soon, to receive an extract from the register of real estate belonging to top officials and members of their families, one must receive approval of the FSGS. Such procedure is provided by the new amendment to the bill, which the State Duma intends to adopt in the second reading on June 14.
According to deputy head of FSGF Nikolay Kondratyuk, the amendment will become the answer to “new calls and threats”. It is remarkable that initially in the text there was no word about features of information security about the top officials.
Thus, according to the law ‘On the State Protection’, the persons under state protection in the Russian Federation are the president, family members living with them or accompanying them, the prime minister, speakers of the both chambers of parliament, heads of Constitutional, Supreme Courts and Investigative Committee and Prosecutor General. Also, the president has the right to provide state protection to other officials and ‘other citizens’.
Now in the bill, it is said that one of the duties of staff of the Federal Guard Service is “ensuring the protection of personal information of objects under the state protection and members of their families”. Processing of personal information of these objects will be possible only from their personal consent “and (or) with the consent of bodies of the state protection, except for the personal information which is subject to publication or obligatory disclosure according to the federal laws”.
It should be added that changes are also made to the current law ‘On personal information" where any information directly or indirectly relating to a natural person is called ‘personal information’. Any action with use of the Internet or without it, including “collecting, record, systematization, accumulation, storage, specification (updating, change), extraction, use, transfer (distribution, granting, access), a depersonalization, blocking, removal, destruction of personal information” is recognized as ‘processing’ of data.
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