The Moscow Mayor’s Office ordered the development of a system aimed at creating a detailed digital profile of users of all city services. This is reported by Open Media with reference to materials on the government procurement website.
According to them, the authorities intend to create an „information system for monitoring and analysis of Internet activity“. The initial tender price is 280 million rubles.
The user profile should include data on arrears and fines, travel document and social security card. The system will compare data with information from public Wi-Fi access points and from operators, track „territorial bans“ and „medical violations“, and take into account data from social surveys.
In addition, the system aims to track „loyalty“. What is meant by this is not stated in the documentation.
All data must be impersonal and must not contain a name or place of birth, and the system „will not infringe on the secret of private life,“ said Eduard Lysenko, head of the Moscow IT Department.
However, experts are concerned about its possible use:
„This is a unified system for tracking Muscovites, centralising all data about us,“ said technical director of RosKomSvoboda Stanislav Shakirov.
He noted that such systems can indeed help officials plan the city’s infrastructure, but they „always lay down possible tracking mechanisms“:
„I am almost sure that the information in this system will be personalised down to every citizen, and most likely it will be possible to buy it at some point on the black market, as now you can buy information from CCTV cameras with automatic face recognition“.
Initially, the system was aimed at analysing user activity. With its help, the mayor’s office can already collect data to create a ‚portrait‘ of a person, including sex, age, income and the like. It can also find relationships between users.
We would like to remind you that the Moscow Traffic Organisation Centre intends to use a special system to monitor passenger traffic via smartphones.