Russia has enacted a law requiring search engines to remove website links containing inaccurate, outdated, or unlawfully released personal information. Much like the European Court of Justice’s ruling in May 2014 establishing a “right to be forgotten” in the EU, Federal Law No. 264-FZ allows Russian citizens to request that search engines remove website links from search results if they contain information that is false, outdated, or violates Russian law. However, the law does not apply to information about criminal offenses or to search engines operated by federal and municipal authorities. Individuals may file lawsuits against the search engines if their requests are denied. The law, which was signed by President Vladimir Putin on July 14, takes effect on January 1, 2016.