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October 6 2015

Russia Introduces A Right To Be Forgotten

"With the aim of keeping pace alongside European practice, the Russian President signed into law a bill amending the Federal Law ""on information, information technologies and on protection of information"" No. 149-FZ of 27 July 2006. This law introduces in Russia the so-called ""right to be forgotten"" or ""right to oblivion"" and will take effect on January 1, 2016. Under the Law, upon receiving a request from an individual, search engines must cease listing links to Internet pages with information on the individual where such information is: unlawfully disseminated, untrustworthy, outdated, or irrelevant. The Law includes exemptions that search engines can rely on when the information is about events reporting a crime and where the limitation period for criminal liability has not expired, as well as for crimes committed by an individual where their conviction record has not been erased. It is too early to predict the impact of the Law. However, major Russian search engines have already criticized the Law."