Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020

The three largest Russian IT-associations complained to the head of the Ministry of Tsifra Maksut Shadayev, about the decision of the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, who obliged employers to provide the mayor’s office with telephone numbers and cars of employees remotely. The associations are convinced that it is illegal to provide such information without the consent of people. The City Hall does not consider the requested data personal.

The Association of Computer and Information Technology Enterprises (APKIT), the Association of Software Developers “Otechestvenny Soft” and “Russoft” sent a letter to the head of the Ministry of Digital Science Maksut Shadayev (Kommersant has it) asking Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin to cancel the decision to transfer data to the city authorities on employees working remotely.

Sergei Sobyanin ordered the company to transfer at least 30% of employees, people over 65 years old, and suffer from chronic diseases and remote control. From October 9, weekly provide their data: numbers of mobile phones, cars, transport, and social cards.

Due to pressure from employers on October 12, the data collection service collapsed.

As Interfax was told in the Department of Information Technology (DIT), which is processing the information received, the employers are to blame, since they started the task at the last moment.

Associations complain to the minister that employers have no right to collect and transfer employees’ personal data to third parties without their consent. The responsibility for refusing to transfer lies with the employer, but most small companies do not process them because this implies the costs of staffing and technical support, the authors of the letter emphasized.

The mayor’s office believes that the requested data is not personal since the employer can transfer them without being tied to the full name. Anonymized data will make it possible to assess the effectiveness of the restrictions imposed quickly, the DIT said, stressing that Moscow does not have the task of determining a person’s location or route. A Kommersant source in the mayor’s office added that the information is needed as confirmation that employees are not in the office:

 

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