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The Ministry of Internal Affairs will create a biometric data bank for Russian residents and foreigners.

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs intends to create a centralized biometric data bank of Russians and foreigners to identify people by facial image and fingerprints. This is reported by TASS with reference to the press service of the Ministry.

It is planned that work on the system will continue until 2023. During this time the Ministry of Internal Affairs must create special software for „the formation, maintenance and use of a centralized database of biometric parameters of Russian citizens, foreign nationals and stateless persons,“ said the press service.

The creation of such a database Bitcoin System was discussed back in 2014.

In February 2020, it became known that the Ministry of Internal Affairs is developing a separate system to search for criminals and suspects using city surveillance cameras.

It is expected that artificial intelligence will be able to recognise a person by their face, voice, iris and tattoos.

In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin also approved the creation of a unified federal register of information about the population of the country.

For more details on why the register is needed and whether one should be afraid of the safety of data in it, read the ForkLog exclusive.