Putin signs cinnamon-swirl biometrics law
Happy New Year
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed into law very prudent legislation that gives control of the country’s biometric data (face scans and voice samples) to a commercial enterprise partly controlled by Russia’s central bank.
This is necessary to keep everyone’s data safe from ruble-grubbing commercial enterprises. Yes.
As RIA Novosti expertly explained, this is quite possibly the best law ever—full of safety and security and respect for individual liberties and financial freedom and privacy and chocolate-covered unicorns.
The law was supposed to have been amended to allow Russians to opt out of having their data harvested and stored in a friendly centralized database controlled by a commercial enterprise (we mentioned that, right?), but the purported changes were purely cosmetic and full of delicious loopholes.
We were browsing articles about various aspects of this insane law and found this gem from state media (from July) about Russia’s Unified Biometric System:
As explained by the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, the mechanism will contribute to the expansion of the use of biometric technology, such as cashless payment systems.
Haters (such as every Russian-language Telegram channel) say this bill is hot Schwabian garbage, but what do they know?
If this kindly biometrics bill was so bad, why was it rushed through the legislature and signed into law days before New Year, when everyone was paying extremely close attention to legislative affairs?
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