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    Russian Interior Ministry Proposes ASEAN Data Sharing Establishment

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    Russian Interior Minister suggested the ASEAN police departments on Wednesday to establish the exchange procedures of personal data.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev suggested the police departments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEANAPOL) on Wednesday to establish the exchange procedures of personal data of those involved in undocumented migration and drug trafficking, which may require respective changes in legislation.

    "Special attention would be given to the prospects of our cooperation on anti-drug issues and in the area of ​​migration… I consider it important to draw attention to the need to improve the legal framework for information exchange, which would provide for the exchange of personal data of the persons involved in undocumented migration," Kolokoltsev said at the 36th ASEANAPOL conference in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur.

    He recalled that the reform of law enforcement agencies was nearing completion in Russia, under which the responsibility for anti-drug and migration operations are due to be managed by the Interior Ministry. Kolokoltsev said that it would solve complex problems, while preserving the dynamic of cooperation development with foreign partners.

    ASEAN comprises Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. ASEANAPOL held its first meeting in 1981. The police chiefs' association aims to harmonize and standardize coordination and communication between the bloc's police institutions.

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