State Duma allows Federal Guard Service to classify data on protected officials’ property

State Duma allows Federal Guard Service to classify data on protected officials’ property

The law, which extends the powers of the Federal Guard Service, might remove information about property and incomes of top-ranking officials from public control.⁠

The State Duma approved a bill on third reading, the provisions of which allow classifying personal data of persons under the protection of the Federal Guard Service (FSO).

According to the law, in addition to providing protection to state officials and members of their families, the FSO's tasks include the protection of personal data – such as information about real estate, including foreign one, and bank accounts.

In particular, the law confirms the right of the FSO to give permission to process personal data of subjects under protection and their family members. They can be classified if the FSO determines this is necessary. The data of family members are also classified, but the degree of kinship is not specified.

The exception is personal data, which are subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with federal laws.

Deputy from the Communist Party Alexey Kurinny evaluated the bill, noting that the amendment removes information about the personal data of protected individuals and their families from public control.

Moreover, TASS notes that according to the adopted law, the FSO employees can temporarily prohibit the movement of vehicles and pedestrians on protected routes, as well as use airports, airfields, heliports, landing sites, sea and river ports free of charge, as well as receive flights and navigation services without charge.

The law also specifies the procedure for the use of physical force, special means and weapons by the FSO personnel. The right to "draw weapon and bring it to readiness, if there may be grounds for its application in the current situation" is prescribed. In the state of necessary defense or, if absolutely necessary, the FSO officers, in the absence of or impossibility of using special means or weapons, are entitled to use any improvised means (including transport means), the amendments to the law, which does not have such a provision as currently drafted, state.

In addition, the provision of the law prohibits employees of the FSO from posting information about themselves and other employees, revealing their belonging to the FSO (including photo and video materials), in the media and on the Internet.

State protection by the FSO forces is provided to the president, the prime minister, the heads of the Prosecutor General's Office and the Investigative Committee, the speakers of both houses of parliament, the chairpersons of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, and members of their families. The full list of FSO- protected subjects is classified, but can be supplemented on order of the President of the Russian Federation.

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