Installed on the streets of Moscow, a system for identifying citizens by face has caused numerous discussions regarding the freedom of personal space and interference in the private lives of citizens. Muscovite Alena Popova even filed a lawsuit in order to consider the legality of the use of identification technology in video surveillance systems.
According to the applicant, the use of an identification system without the written permission of Russian citizens is contrary to the law on personal data and the right to privacy. However, the Savelovsky District Court of Moscow decided that at the present stage, video surveillance does not interfere in the personal lives of Russians.
The decision states that since the Unified Data Storage Center does not have such biometric data as information on the iris, height and weight of citizens, such a system is not able to uniquely identify a person.
A comparative analysis of video surveillance data can only detect 65% similarity with the criminal data available in the database of law enforcement officers. The video image of citizens itself is not equivalent to the biometric personal data of Russians, the court believes that it allows the use of video surveillance without written consent.