(Russia) Prepares its Own Version of "Right to be Forgotten" #general
Jan Meisels Allen
The Russian Duma (Parliament) is preparing its own version of the European
Union's "right to be forgotten." While the EU's "right to be forgotten
gives the search engines, i.e. Google, Bing and Yahoo, the authority to
decide who may have their stories "delinked," that is not how the Russian
legislation is being drafted.
The State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and
Communications approved a bill requiring search engines to remove links
about its citizens, however, the public interest exception in the EU model
is not included. It is expected to become effective January 2016. In Russia
RTBF will be administered by state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor.
This is the state's agency which can censor information and order Internet
Service Providers to block sites it deems inappropriate or extremist.
Russia's leading search engine, Yandex, argues against the bill, saying the
"proposed mechanism in the draft law undermines the basic principles of
placement and retrieval of information on the Internet". Unlike the EU's
right to be forgotten where the individual must tell the search engine
which link they request to be removed, the Russian draft bill requires the
search engine providers to search for information about the citizen.
The continuing expansion of the right to be forgotten is a way to hide or
rewrite history and is of concern to genealogists who want to find out
information about their ancestors.
To read about the Russian draft legislation on the right to be forgotten see
Thank you to David Ockene, member, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee