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Article 19 Legal Analysis: Russia’s Right to be Forgotten Bill

In August 2015, ARTICLE 19 analysed the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten” Bill of the Russian Federation (‘the Bill’), which was signed into law in July 2015 and will come into force on 1 January 2016.

When introducing the Bill, Russian lawmakers referred to the 2014 ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Google Spain case, arguing that Russian citizens should also enjoy a “right to be forgotten.” The Bill gives Russian citizens the right to request that search engines remove links about them that are in violation of Russian law, inaccurate, out of date, or irrelevant because of subsequent events or actions taken by the citizens.

In this legal analysis, ARTICLE 19 examines the compatibility of the Bill with international standards and calls on the Russian Government to urgently review the Bill and ensure that its provisions comply with international human rights standards on freedom of expression.

To read the analysis visit the Article 19 website

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