The Federation Council approved the idea of the Internet census of the population

In the Federation Council recommended to approve the draft law introducing amendments to the law “On all-Russian population census” and providing for additional information collection about citizens using the Internet. On Tuesday, March 21, according to “Parlamentskaya Gazeta”.

The document, in particular, introduces the concept of the micro-census — sample statistical observations, embracing not less than five percent of the population. Such studies overlap in the period between national censuses.

“It is established that the collection of information in electronic form that defines the software requirements, technical means, channels of communication, means of information protection approved by the Federal state statistics service in coordination with the Ministry of communications”, — said the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on economic policy Alexei Mayorov.

In his opinion, the adoption of this bill will increase the accuracy and completeness of census results.

The document was introduced by the government to the state Duma in September 2016 and approved by the lower house of Parliament in the first (November 30) and second (15 February 2017) readings.

National population census is held every 10 years. The previous one was held in October 2010. Then it was attended by over 141 million people. 1.2 million citizens refused to answer the questions, and 2.6 million did not come into contact with census takers.