Data needs to be stored under lock and key

14 june 2019 | Prime

With the development of technology, data protection from loss every day becomes more and more relevant. Vladislav Onishchenko, head of the Analytical Center, presented the Prime news agency on the sidelines of SPIEF how to secure your data, why the state needs your personal data, what online justice is and why it is useless to force social networks to store data in the country.

Vladislav Onishchenko
Vladislav Onishchenko

- If we talk about big data in simple language, how to explain why the state collects people's data?

- The answer in plain language for ordinary people: "It does not do anything new." Now talking about the state collecting some additional data indicates that we have suddenly noticed the obvious thing, which had been with us for a long time already.

What means a person's personal big data? These are passport number, date of birth, children’s names, bank accounts, real estate and so on. In the past, when interacting with banks, a pension fund, with housing offices, civil registry offices, these data also existed, right?

What has changed? First, now they become records in the database, not a piece of paper that you have printed, and secondly, they must be correct and orderly.

It happens that the writing of the patronymic in different documents, often the name and sometimes even the surname diverge. From the legal point of view, these slight differences - for example, the letter "ё" instead of "e" - indicate that it is not you. You can not be at the same time this and that, otherwise it would be as in the joke about the gangster: he is Ivanov, and he is also Sidorov, and also Petrov and so on.

But at the same time the state does not collect data. This is an incorrectly formulated premise.

- Hence there is a question: is personal data protected enough? Is it easy to steal them?

- Of course, we can say that we have a terrible mess, and no one knows where anything is. And when nobody knows where anything is, there is no control over the safety of your data: somewhere, something has disappeared, and no one can even find out from where. For example, everybody who has a car, has repeatedly experienced the calls from insurers. It would seem, how do they know? Once the data somehow flows away, it means that there is no big secret here.

Therefore, organizing, storing data according to the rules will resemble a story with money stored under the pillows at home, and not in a bank. You keep all the money at home under the pillow, and there is a chance that if the robber comes, he will take all of it. And if we collect all the money in the bank, in one place, it would seem easier to rob, but in fact it is more difficult, because there, at least, it is centrally protected, and at home everyone protects it as he can.

So it is here: if your data is stolen now - you are absolutely unprotected, you cannot prove anything to anyone. Therefore, if the data is stored in an orderly manner, under lock and key, then at least the lock is to be cracked - and this is much more complicated.

Read more in the AEI Prime material.