“Biometrics was conceived as a reliable and remote identity verification method. For example, to simplify receiving financial services: opening an account without having to visit bank branches. The time has come when everything needed to be streamlined. In my opinion, The backlash towards biometrics arose because these services have been actively imposed in recent years. After all, commercial organizations always act in a very linear fashion. If it’s profitable to charge, they will charge. It also had an effect that, unlike the history with a fingerprint on a smartphone, there has not yet been any kind of wow effect for people to feel that something in their lives is changing in a positive direction because of this. Hence the cautious attitude,” the minister said. .
According to Shadayev, the adopted bill is a response to the request of the society. It consists of a number of restrictions, in particular, it is impossible to make biometric identification a necessary condition for receiving some services, you can write a refusal to submit biometric data so that this data never enters the database in any case.
“This is a big step forward in finding answers to the demands of society for the uncontrolled development of this area,” Shadayev said.
Read the full interview with the Minister of Digital Development, Telecommunications and Mass Media Maksut Shadayev on December 31 at rg.ru