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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Committee Talks Privacy Laws

Before the government can improve protection of personal data, it must determine what information should be private, Vladimir Vasilyev, chairman of the State Duma Security Committee, said on Thursday.

His comments come a day after officials said they had busted a ring that has been peddling 2004 data allegedly leaked from the Federal Tax Service.

Current legislation does not define certain information as confidential, Vasilyev said, citing health records and store discount cards as examples. That information, combined with other non-secret data, could turn out to be sensitive.

Vasilyev said currently law enforcers were targeting distributors rather than those producing counterfeit materials.

He also said lawmakers should encourage businesses to protect their own databases, the cost of which the business owners would, however, have to cover themselves.