Working group of Russia's Federation Council wants to cooperate with Snowden

The Russian Federation Council's working group that monitors the observance of Russian citizens' constitutional rights to the inviolability of private life whilst processing personal data would like to hire former CIA employee Edward Snowden as an expert, the group's coordinator Ruslan Gattarov told Interfax.

The Russian Federation Council's working group that monitors the observance of Russian citizens' constitutional rights to the inviolability of private life whilst processing personal data would like to hire former CIA employee Edward Snowden as an expert, the group's coordinator Ruslan Gattarov told Interfax.

"I plan to get in touch with Mr. Snowden and discuss the possibility of cooperation within this working group with him. We are not interested in the issue of U.S. special services' unlawful use of personal data. Mr. Snowden is a top-class specialist. We would like to cooperate with him in order to track down bottlenecks in the sphere of personal data protection," Gattarov said.

Gattarov said that it was the only topic he was going to discuss with Snowden.

The Federation Council's group has been working to identify problems in the system used to protect citizens' personal data, including information on private and family life.

"In this case, we will be able to formulate concrete recommendations for Internet companies in order to reduce the number of leaks. Personal data would be reliably protected as well," Gattarov said.

The Information Policy Commission of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia's parliament, has been paying great attention to the need to enhance personal data protection after Snowden leaked details of the U.S. National Security Agency's massive electronic spying operations, among them efforts to secretly eavesdrop on telephone conversations all over the world, including those held by Russian citizens.

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