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Russia: Duma announces amendments to Code of Administrative Offences regarding processing of biometric data

On June 1, 2023, the State Parliament (Duma) announced amendments to the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offences, concerning the use of biometric data of Russian citizens.

In particular, the Duma highlighted the increased penalties for the unlawful processing of biometric data, which will range from:

  • RUB 6,000 (approx. €67) to RUB 10,000 (approx. €112) for Russian citizens;
  • RUB 100,000 (approx. €1,120) to RUB 300,000 (approx. €3,370) for officials; and
  • RUB 300,000 (approx. €3,370) to RUB 700,000 (approx. €7,880) for legal entities.

Notably, for repeated violations, the Duma noted that the maximum fine for officials will be up to RUB 500,000 (approx. €5,630), for individual entrepreneurs up to RUB 1 million (approx. €11,260), and for legal entities up to RUB 1.5 million (approx. €16,880).

Currently, the Duma clarified that fines for unlawful processing of biometric data do not exceed RUB 500,000 (approx. €5,630).

You can read the press release, only available in Russian, here.