Russian Parliament Approves “Right To Be Forgotten” In Search Engines

The Russian parliament has approved a broad “Right To Be Forgotten” law that allows anyone to request removal of information from search engines that’s deemed outdated, irrelevant or untrustworthy. If signed by President Vladimir Putin, it will be become law next year.
The law has been criticized as being too sweeping compared the the EU’s Right To Be Forgotten, which itself has come under criticism. The Russian law doesn’t require that actual links be identified for removal, simply that people can object to content in general and ask search engines to somehow remove all of it. The law also only removes links in search engines, not from hosting websites.
Deutsche Welle explains that the law requires the removal of content deemed “untrustworthy” or that is “in violation of the law” or that is “no longer relevant.” A provision that potentially meant any information older than three years, even if accurate, was dropped. RT explains some situations, also. Reuters also has coverage, and Techmeme

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Russia Poised To Pass Sweeping Right-To-Be-Forgotten Law

Lawmakers in Russia are just a couple votes away from passing a sweeping “right to be forgotten” law that critics say would be technically impossible to follow while also preventing citizens from accessing important information online.
The European Union already has its own right to be forgotten law that lets citizens submit links to specific web pages and ask that those pages be removed from search results related to the person’s name. The EU’s criteria gives search engines the right to evaluate whether the person making the request is a public figure or private citizen, and whether the information has general public interest.
But, as the New York Times explains, the proposed law in Russia goes a lot further:
At its core, the proposal is similar to one approved by a top European court last year that forced Google to start removing links from search results for individuals’ names, but has two major differences that push the Russian law

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