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The Ministry of Digital Development proposed not to consider the geolocation of subscribers a secrecy of communication

February 4, 2021|
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The Ministry of Digital Development has developed amendments to the law "On Communications", according to which information about the location of a mobile device, as well as information about the volume and cost of services provided will be removed from the protection of the secrecy of communications. This is reported by RBC with reference to the draft document.

It is expected that after the amendments are made, the state agencies conducting operational-search activities will be able to obtain this data upon request without a court decision. The document was sent for consideration to the interested federal authorities, then it is planned to submit it for public discussion.

According to the deputy head of the Ministry of Digital Development, Oleg Ivanov, now the coordinates of subscriber devices are secret and operators are obliged to ensure its observance. At the same time, operators can provide service information, including the coordinates of missing citizens. However, today the coordinates can not always be promptly transferred to the bodies that are engaged in operational-search activities, and in the case of the search for missing people, "the account goes to hours," the deputy minister said. He added that tens of thousands of people are lost in the country every year. They are looked for with the help of the resources of the federal bodies carrying out operational-search activities, as well as with the help of search public organisations and telecom operators.

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