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Bing Launches Search Removal Request Form in Europe

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Pencil EraserMicrosoft's search engine Bing has finally responded to the recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) "right to be forgotten" ruling.

Bing has created a form for people to use who want embarrassing things written about them to be removed.

The form is located in Bing's webmaster pages, and like Google's form it asks for specific information about the subject and details of their embarrassments.

According to the form's instructions:

If you are a European resident and want to request that Microsoft block search results on Bing in response to searches on your name, please use this form.

We encourage you to provide complete and relevant information for each applicable question on this form. We will use the information that you provide to evaluate your request. We may also consider other sources of information beyond this form to verify or supplement the information you provide. This information will help us to consider the balance between your individual privacy interest and the public interest in protecting free expression and the free availability of information, consistent with European law. As a result, making a request does not guarantee that a particular search result will be blocked.

At last check in mid-June, already some weeks after Google started accepting takedown requests, Microsoft said they were still working on it.

"We're currently working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names," Bing said at the time on its help pages. "Given the many questions that have been raised about how the recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union should be implemented, developing an appropriate system is taking us some time. We'll be providing additional information about making requests soon."

This article was originally published on the Inquirer.


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