Russia has just announced its plans to build a database that will help in identifying both citizens and foreign nationals via face recognition and fingerprint technology. This was published on the Russian state media TASS.
The database structure is projected to include the biometric data of Russian citizens, stateless person’s and also foreign nationals will not be left out.
The announcement comes after the RBC news website reported last week that the Interior Ministry plans to develop artificial intelligence to find serial criminals using DNA-based facial composites created by a neural entity.
The idea for Russia to create a biometric database was first announced in 2014 by the interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev. The system is expected to integrate biometric identification with traffic surveillance and serial criminals on wanted lists.
Russia passed a law in 2017 allowing the Interior Ministry and Federal Security Service (FSB) to gain access to bank customers’ biometric data, including facial images and voice recordings, without their consent. The remote bank account verification operator has said it could expand the data to iris recognition, as well as palm and fingerprint scanning.