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Russia introduces law on "Right to be Forgotten" 

The Russian president has signed into force the law on "Right to be Forgotten" - that orders all internet search engines to delete links leading to spurious or dated information about Russian citizens should they request it. 

The law has been criticized as being too sweepin 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 citizens 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.

Russia’s biggest search engine, Yandex, had previously objected to the law. Despite changes, Yandex is quoted by AFP as still having major issues:“Our attempts to introduce some crucial amendments to this bill have unfortunately been unsuccessful,” Yandex said in a statement.

“Our point has always been that a search engine cannot take on the role of a regulatory body and act as a court or law enforcement agency,” it said.

“We believe that information control should not limit access to information that serves the public interest. The private interest and the public interest should exist in balance,” the firm said.