Russia to mull mandatory biometric registration
21 November 2014 09:51 GMT

The bill’s author, Roman Khudyakov, wants biometric information would be held in a central government database.

Populist-nationalist Russian party LDPR has drafted a bill that would obligate all citizens to submit fingerprinting and DNA profiling, saying it will improve security.

The bill’s author, Roman Khudyakov, wants information would be held in a central government database and each citizen provided with a biometric eID card.

It also suggests that a new special federal agency be established to carry out the registration, which would report to the Interior Ministry or to the Federal Security Service, the FSB.

Khudyakov told the Izvestia daily newspaper that biometric data would be secure, and deleted after 150 years.

“All information will be protected. It is like a bank card. We will also toughen the criminal responsibility for officials who have access to the data. When people face three years in prison for leaking the data no one would be tempted to do this,” he told the newspaper.

He added that his proposal had already been approved by the government, the Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Migration Service and other relevant authorities. The bill will now go to the Duma (parliament).

In August last year, Khudyakov proposed that all travelers – Russians and foreigners – staying in cities be fingerprinted.

In OctoberRussia’s Federal Migration Service revealed that plans to replace Soviet-era paper internal passports with electronic identity cards had progressed, with four pilot regions chosen for a pilot project.

Russia’s first eID cards will be introduced in the Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol as well as in the southern Rostov and Krasnodar Regions, according to Russian Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov.

In February, Russian state technology firm Rostec Corporation said it would join the project. The cards will be valid for 10 years and include a citizen’s name, insurance number, tax identification number and an electronic chip holding a digital signature and fingerprint data.