Russia drafts law to force taxi companies to share data with FSB – document


March 29 (Reuters) – Russia’s Transport Ministry has drafted a law that would require taxi companies to share data with the Federal Security Service (FSB), a document seen by Reuters showed on Tuesday, raising concerns about the confidentiality of passenger data.

The adjustment of the law was first reported by the business daily RBC, which said that several other ministries had given their support to the bill and that it could soon be submitted to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, for preliminary approval, before finally heading to the upper house and then to President Vladimir Putin for final approval.

The bill did not specify why it was necessary for the FSB – the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB – to have access to passenger data.

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The Department of Transportation did not respond to a request for comment.

“A passenger taxi booking service is required to provide the Federal Security Service with automated and remote access to information systems and databases, used to receive, store, process and transfer passenger taxi orders , as established by the Government of the Russian Federation,” said the bill.

Irina Zaripova, head of the public council for the development of taxis, said the bill did not specify exactly what kind of data would be affected.

“The bill is not about transferring data, but about providing access to the database, which is easier to implement,” Zaripova said.

Tech giant Yandex (YNDX.O), which runs Russia’s leading ride-sharing company, did not respond to a request for comment on the prospect of sharing data with the FSB.

Earlier this month, a data leak revealed the personal details of more than 58,000 people on its food delivery app, Yandex.Eda, leading the communications regulator to launch a lawsuit against the company last week . Read more

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