Roskomnadzor suggested checking the passport when registering in social networks

New users of social networks and messengers will provide their passport number, residence address, phone number and email. Such innovations Roskomnadzor proposed to amend the law “On Personal Data”, reports “Kommersant”.

The document wit

h the proposed changes has now been posted on for public comment. If adopted on July 1, Internet sites will ask users for consent to the processing of personal data through their own platforms or offer to use verification through the EIS of Roskomnadzor.

In the second case, the system will refer to the “Gosuslugi” portal and require account holders to enter their full name, passport details, residence address, phone number and e-mail into a special form. The document does not specify what information the Internet site should require if the user chooses to identify themselves through their platform for collecting consent.

In the version with the EIS of Roskomnadzor, information, if necessary, can be transferred to other departments, in this the experts saw the risk of data leaks, the publication specifies. For example, Boris Edidin, a spokesman for the Association of Russian Lawyers, believes that such a “superaggregator of consent” will become a popular target for cybercriminals.

“Neither Roskomnadzor nor social networks need such a volume of data if they do not plan to transfer it to law enforcement agencies or monetize it through advertising,” Kommersant quotes the opinion of Mikhail Tretyak, an expert at Roskomsvoboda.

The general director of the dating service Mamba, Andrei Bronetsky, explained to the publication that the new regulation is “in line with general trends in working with user data,” but social networks will probably not use the EIS of Roskomnadzor, as users “may look with apprehension at the proposal to provide passport data”.

Representatives of the Avito service told Kommersant that they support the initiative and will themselves work out a mechanism for implementing the new norms. Facebook, Google, Odnoklassniki, VKontakte, ICQ and Roskomnadzor did not respond to the publication’s request.