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Vladimir Putin signed the law on “right to oblivion”

President Vladimir Putin signed the law “about the right to oblivion”, in which Internet search engines must remove links to information on citizens at the ir request.

Caused a lot of controversy, the law was passed by the Parliament on 3 July and approved by the Federation Council on 8 July. The document introduces amendments to the law “On information, information technologies and information protection”.

According to the text of the decree, the Internet search engine on the request of a physical person is obliged to cease to give links to pages that contain inaccurate information about the applicant. Also subject to removal of the link information is “irrelevant, obsolete for individuals by subsequent events or actions.”

To use the law, the citizen has to submit to the search engines official statement indicating their personal data and references, which he wishes to exclude from the output (the information in the link should deal only with the applicant). Within 10 days, the search engine decides or asks the applicant for additional data.

If the search engine refuses to remove the information, the citizen can sue him in court at his place of residence — in this case, Internet companies have sent their representatives.

The law should enter into force on 1 January 2016. Around it have been many disputes. As a result, in the initial version of the document was amended several times. For example, from the text disappeared the possibility of removal are reliable, but outdated information. In addition, there was an amendment requiring the applicant to mention his name, and giving the right search engines to request proof of identity.

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