Russian govt backs bill allowing use of geolocation data to search for missing kids
The Russian government has supported a bill that would allow police and rescuers to quickly access geolocation data on the phones of missing children in emergency situations.
News of the government’s support for the bill was announced on Friday by the main sponsor of the legislation, MP Irina Yarovaya (United Russia).
The motion, drafted in mid-July this year, obliges operators of mobile services to disclose geolocation data on children’s phones when they get a written request from parents or guardians approved by a senior officer of the law enforcement agency that conducts search-and-rescue operations for missing children.
When a child’s sim card is registered in a third party’s name, this person should also provide written consent for the data disclosure.
Usually, accessing personal information from electronic devices, such as geolocation data on mobile phones, requires a court warrant, but with missing children, time can be crucial. The bill allows agencies that conduct searches to notify the court about the fact that they have access to geolocation data post-factum, within 24 hours of receiving it.