FSB to create massive domestic passenger database by July 1 2013
26.09.12 23:09 By Maxim Solopov, edited by Robert Gally
According to a new Transportation Ministry order, starting July 1, 2013 data about every passenger who enters or exits any region in Russia will be added to a new FSB/Interior Ministry database. The Transport Ministry has published the text of the new rules in the 'Russian Gazette.' The FSB and Interior Ministry are ordering this new database in order to track the route of any person that law enforcement on the ground deems suspicious.
For the Ministry of Transport, the new centralized automated passenger identity database will be part of a united government transportation safety system.
According to the order, the Transport Ministry will only get involved when passengers cross between regions. "If a commuter train travels within a region then this rule will not come into effect. But, for example, if a train goes from Moscow to the Moscow Region, then the new laws will apply," explained a Transport Ministry representative.
Transportation companies will be required to have the name, surname, passport number, DOB, and proof of registration for every passenger on board. In addition, the company must show the route taken for each passenger, and the date and location where every ticket was purchased.
If a transportation company fails to hand over this data, they could face both misdemeanor and felony charges.
Despite of the fact that the order will not take effect until July 1, 2013, a trial run of the new passenger tracking system may take place before the end of this year.
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