ST. PETERSBURG, November 2. /Corr. Yulia Andreeva, Roman Podervyansky/. The proposal of the Federal security service (FSB) about the prohibition of free access to information on immovable property of citizens should be discussed with the expert and civic communities. Such opinion on Monday was expressed by the Minister of justice Alexander Konovalov at a press conference in St. Petersburg.
“The idea until it is clothed in a specific language, for me, as a lawyer, somewhat alien sphere. More or less abstractly we can say that the access of civil society to specific names, probably, should be,” he said.
The head of the Ministry of justice stressed that there is a “question of the limits of access, limits the penetration of anyone wanting any information, it must also be definitely balanced with the interests of both civil society and the private sector, private security.” “Sometimes, indeed, the issues associated with owning real estate directly are connected with the personal security of many people, we know,” he added.
“I think that these issues, their balancing, their proper identification and compliance with the real needs and the needs of society must be defined, of course, at the legislative level, including the expert community and civil society in General, too,” said Konovalov.
The lawmaking Commission of the government approved, on 6 October, the FSB developed a document aimed at protecting the rights and legitimate interests of the right holders of real estate. The draft law “On amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation on state registration of rights to immovable property” is proposed to eliminate the possibility of access by third parties, except public bodies, to personal data of the holders of immovable property without their consent.
At the same time provides the possibility that information of the right holders of the real estate market participants in order to protect in court its rights and legal interests. This mechanism of personal data protection aims to protect the rights and freedoms of citizens stipulated by articles 22 and 23 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
In accordance with the Federal law of July 21, 1997, the information contained in the Unified state register of rights (EGRP) on real estate and transactions therewith, are public and are available on request of any persons. As explained in the government, the relevant extract from the registry now contains not only the description of the property, its precise address location and restriction of such rights, but also information about the specific owner of the object with indication of personal data.