The draft bill states that “servicemen are prohibited to place in mass media, and the Internet information (including photos, video, geolocation data and other information) about yourself and other servicemen disclosing the department they belong to, information about their official activities or service activities of other military personnel, the activities of military units, organizations and units in which they perform military service, and their place of deployment, except for cases provided for by regulatory legal acts of the Russian Federation.”
In an explanatory note, the bill’s authors stated:
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In a memo obtained by the Associated Press, the new instructions state that “These geolocation capabilities can expose personal information, locations, routines, and numbers of DOD personnel, and potentially create unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission.” But Defense Department leadership stopped short of instructing troops to leave their wearable devices at home.
Instead, the memorandum instructs that the devices’ geospatial tracking capabilities must be turned off in sensitive or dangerous operating areas where the exposure of location data could cause a “significant risk” to members of the military. Operational commanders will be given leeway to decide whether GPS tracking needs to be turned off by their troops based on the threat level in their area of operations.
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