Russian authorities seek access to biometric data as law enforcement surveillance increases

A draft bill to require Russia’s state telecom to provide the Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB) with bank customers’ biometric data without their consent is being considered by the State Duma, The Moscow Times reports. The proposal coincides with the expansion of a municipal surveillance program powered by facial recognition in Moscow. Rostelecom is operating a project by Russia’s Communications Ministry and Central Bank to remotely verify bank account applications with personal biometrics, including facial images and voice

Moscow upgrading CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities

Moscow is upgrading its public surveillance system by adding facial recognition technology to the 170,000 cameras installed across the city in an effort to identify criminals and increase security, according to a report by Bloomberg. Since 2012, CCTV recordings have been held for five days after they’re captured, with about 20 million hours of video stored at any one time. “We soon found it impossible to process such volumes of data by police officers alone,” said Artem Ermolaev, head of

Powerful facial recognition algorithm used in Russian dating app

FindFace is a powerful Russian facial recognition app, developed by N-Tech Lab, that allows a mobile user to photograph strangers in a crowd and find their real identity by connecting them to their social media accounts with a purported 70 percent success rate. According to The Guardian, FindFace uses image recognition technology to compare faces against profile pictures on the popular Russian social networking site, Vkontakte, that has over 200 million users. FindFace is currently marketed as a dating app,