Law on blocking websites with information about security officials and judges passed

2021-06-18

On Wednesday, June 16, the State Duma in the third reading adopted a bill banning the dissemination of personal data of persons under state protection – these, for example, include judges and security officials – and blocking sites with such information. The law gives state protection to all employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Guard, the Ministry of Defense and the country’s Foreign Intelligence Service.

Fighters of the Russian Guard are waiting for the start of the dispersal of the opposition rally

Currently, the law prohibits “the issuance of information held by the operator about the identity of protected persons (about personal data) and about their property”. “Operator” – government agencies, legal entities and individuals engaged in the processing of personal data. After the adoption of the law, a ban will also be imposed on “the dissemination of information about protected persons (about personal data)”.

Thus, the Unified Register of Banned Sites will be replenished with resources containing information about security officials, judges and prosecutors.

Today, the law prohibits the dissemination of information about people participating in special operations, operational search and investigative activities, in the maintenance of public order, in the execution of court sentences and in the fight against terrorism and armed crime.

Fighters of the National Guard disperse an opposition rally

Now every employee who contributes to the defense of state sovereignty at his post will receive protection. The pace of changes in laws relating to state protection makes one expect a further expansion of state protection to leading officials.

It is important to understand that personal information is not only a place of residence and information about family etc., but also income statements. Even during the first reading of the bill, experts agreed that the law is aimed at hiding information that can be used in anti-corruption investigations.

The system is protecting itself, and this is not surprising.

However, it does not forget to “sell us the rope”: “… if you want to check if my neighbor is an FSB or police officer, then 50 rubles is enough. You can request an extract from the USRN and, if it’s denied, it means that they are”, commented a licensed private detective, quoted by Vedomosti, on the bill.