FSB intends to receive information about the geolocation and payments of taxi passengers
The FSB has developed a draft resolution of the Russian government, which will allow the special service to extrajudicially gain access to information systems and databases of taxi aggregators. In particular, we are talking about electronic monitoring of geolocation and data on means of payment. Document published on the portal of draft regulatory legal acts.
“The service for ordering a passenger taxi, which is the organizer of the dissemination of information on the Internet, provides the FSB unit ... with round-the-clock remote access to information systems and databases used to receive, store, process and transmit orders for a passenger taxi,” the document says. The project is designed to implement the taxi law, which comes into force on September 1, 2023.
Head of the Competence Center of the International Eurasian Taxi Forum Stanislav Schwagerus told Vedomostithat these data are collected by passenger taxi aggregators, which belong to the "organizers of the dissemination of information on the Internet." However, if the document is adopted, all market participants will be required to provide information.
The text of the document also states that if the taxi ordering service fails to fulfill the FSB request, it must inform about the time required to fulfill the request, “with justification for the impossibility of fulfilling the request within the prescribed period.” If the request of the special services is marked “urgent”, the aggregator will be obliged to provide information within three working days, in the absence of such a mark, within 10 working days. At the same time, there is no judicial or procedural order for this.
The Taxi Act was signed Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 29, 2022. The document, in particular, establishes requirements for the external and internal appearance of the car and for the driver, introduces the concepts of “passenger taxi” and “passenger taxi order service” into the legislation. In addition, the law obliges ordering services to provide the FSB with automated remote access to databases.