Russian lawmaker suggests setting up UN body to regulate use of personal data

The chairman of the State Duma's Information Policy Committee has suggested setting up a UN regulator to prevent online theft of personal data.

The chairman of the State Duma's Information Policy Committee has suggested setting up a UN regulator to prevent online theft of personal data.

Information technology has become so sophisticated that a special UN body is necessary to prevent its abuse, Alexei Mitrofanov argued at an international conference in Moscow on Wednesday on the protection of personal data.

"Today dozens upon dozens of countries would agree to international regulation in that sphere," he said.

He also suggested that such an organization have its headquarters in Moscow because "there is not a single organization of the UN family" in Eastern Europe.

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