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Russia: Duma announces amendments to personal data law for biometric data and criminal investigations

The Russian State Parliament ('Duma') announced on, 3 November 2020, the introduction of Bill No. 1048800-7 on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts on the Issues of State Genomic Registration. In particular, the bill aims to expand the collection of biometric data and introduce mandatory genomic registration in order to facilitate the detection and investigation of crimes. To this end, the bill proposes a number of amendments to federal law, including Article 11(2) of the Federal Law of 27 July 2006 No. 152-FZ on Personal Data, which regulates the circumstances under which biometric data can be processed without the consent of the data subject.

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

UPDATE (23 December 2020)

Duma passes amendments at first reading

Duma announced, on 23 December 2020, that it had passed the amendments to federal law contained in Bill No. 1048800-7, which enables the collection and processing of biometric data for the investigation of crimes. In particular, Duma noted that the bill will enter into force 90 days after its official publication in the Russian Gazette, with the exception of certain provisions regarding mandatory state genomic registration, where entry into force will be delayed until 1 January 2023.

You can read the press release here.