Businessman Sergei Mikhailov took advantage of the “right to be forgotten”

Search engines “Yandex” and Google have restricted the results for the queries “Sergei Mikhailov Mihas”, “Sergei Mikhailov Mihas Solntsevo”, “Sergei Mikhailov Solntsevo” and several similar formulations, was found by the correspondent of RBC. “Part of search results is hidden in accordance with the Federal law of 13.07.2015 No. 264-FZ,” said in the teaser preceding the search results “Yandex” on these queries. Google with the introduction of similar queries in the search box notifies the user that “some search results may have been removed in accordance with local legislation”.

We are talking about amendments to the bill “On information, information technologies and protection of information” the so-called law “right to be forgotten”, which allowed users to “clean up” the search of the unwanted information about yourself. The amendments entered into force on 1 January 2016. Search engines are obliged at the request of a citizen to stop issuing links are out of date, inaccurate or distributed in violation of the law information. In case of failure of a search engine to delete links to the user may appeal the decision in court. If the search engine refuses to remove the information from the issuance by the court, she faces a fine of up to RUB 1 million the Bill on fines also came into force with the beginning of the year.

What links and on what basis are removed from the search results, is unknown: the representative of “Yandex” have refused comments, Recalling that the search engines may not disclose data about the authors of the queries about the implementation of the “right to oblivion”.

Mikhas Russian press in the 1990s called the businessman and philanthropist Sergei Mikhailov. Contact him at the time of publication of RBC material has failed.

In 1996, he was arrested in Switzerland on charges of involvement in the solntsevskaya criminal group and money laundering. Mikhailov all charges in the address categorically denied. In 1998, the jury completely acquitted him. Mikhailov has received more than $500 thousand of compensation and returned to Russia, where he engaged in business and charity. In 2002, his country house in the Naro-Fominsky district of Moscow region was searched. No charges Mikhailov Russian law enforcement agencies is not presented.

In recent years, according to information on the official website of the businessman, he dedicates most of the time the work of the charity Fund “Participation”, which in 1993 established the “together with other residents of the Solntsevo district of Moscow”. In 2014 the list of awards on the website Mikhailov appeared a watch from the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov in the comments of radio Liberty, however, denied the fact of award to the entrepreneur. Among his business interests Mihajlov in interview to the newspaper “Vedomosti” in 2010, mentioned “some interest associated with the business in Vnukovo, and investments in real estate and trade.

At the end of March 2016 “Yandex” has led the first statistics on the implementation of the law on the “right to oblivion”. In less than three months, the search engine received 3.6 million hits from almost 1.4 thousand people. In 73% of cases “Yandex” partially or completely refused to implement the “right to oblivion” because of the inability to verify the accuracy of complaints. Most requests 51% were related to the removal of the references are out of date, but reliable information 30% on false information, 25% on information that users consider irrelevant, 23% for information on cancellation of conviction, 19% to information distributed in violation of the law, and 3% for information with signs of crimes, which expired bringing to criminal liability.

Google, which in 2014 takes a similar law in the European Union, in Russia for the first 2.5 months of the existence of the “right to be forgotten” has received nearly 1.5 million requests for the removal of 6,4 thousand URLS. Of them search engine satisfied 26,2%.

Oblivion for the Nazis

At the end of March 2016 informatsionno-analiticheskiy Tsentr “Sova”, which specializes in monitoring xenophobia and nationalism in Russia, said that Google had informed the centre about the removal of search results references to materials of the site “Owl” 2006 and 2008 about the trials of neo-Nazis from Obninsk, has beaten the citizen of Angola. RBC correspondents made sure that the search results by the names of the defendants in the case Obninsk limited and “Yandex”.