Russians may gain right to halt distribution of false online data
MOSCOW, May 29 (RAPSI) – Lawmakers have submitted a bill to the State Duma that would help prevent the distribution of online links to false information about individuals.
The document was uploaded to a database of the lower house of parliament.
The parliament members propose giving users the right to request that a search engine operator stop generating links to their personal information because the information distributed online is not always current, credible and may be circulated in violation of the law.
According to the bill, if a network operator refuses to satisfy a user’s request, the user may dispute the decision in court.
The authors of the initiative specify that the amendments correspond with the European practice in this area. The bill would help ensure more efficient and up-to-date protection of honor, dignity and business reputation.
If an individual’s request to suspend generation of links to false information about him or her is refused for unlawful reasons, the court may rule to impose a fine on the violating individuals and legal entities in the amount of 100,000 rubles ($1,900).
If, within five days, the search engine operator does not fulfill the court’s order, it may be fined 3 million rubles ($57,000).