The lower house of the Russian parliament have approved a controversial new privacy bill that would require online search engines to remove search results about individuals at their request if the information about them is "no longer relevant".

Leonid Levin stated before the vote that the law "will create an efficient tool for clamping down on blackmail and internet bullying". However, critics fear that the law could be used to block critical information in relation to the government and government officials.

Unlike the European law, the Russian law extends the right of removal to public figures and information considered in the public interest.