Bing says “thanks for the memories” EU

Bill GatesSoftware giant Microsoft has followed Google and set up a system which will allow Europeans to be forgotten.

Microsoft started taking requests from individuals in Europe who want to be removed from its Bing search engine results following a court judgment in May guaranteeing the “right to be forgotten.”

Google complied with the ruling in May, and started removing some search results last month.

The European Court of Justice of the European Union ordered Google to remove a link to a 15-year-old newspaper article about a Spanish man’s bankruptcy, effectively upholding people’s “right to be forgotten” on the Internet.

The ruling, which affects the EU’s 500 million citizens, requires that Internet search services remove information deemed “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.”

If it does not remove the link, then there could be fines. The rule only applies to EU countries, meaning links that have been removed in Europe will still appear in search results elsewhere, including the United States.

Microsoft¬† has released a four-part questionnaire. Microsoft advises those interested in completing the questionnaire that it 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.”

If you want to be forgotten by Bing you should go here https://www.bing.com/webmaster/tools/eu-privacy-request .