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Microsoft starts taking EU ‘right to be forgotten’ requests


Microsoft Corp on Wednesday 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. Microsoft, whose Bing search engine has 2.5 percent of the European search market, follows market leader Google Inc which complied with the ruling in May, and started removing some search results last month. The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union in May ordered Google to remove a link to a 15-year-old newspaper article about a Spanish mans bankruptcy, effectively upholding peoples right to be forgotten on the Internet. It only applies to EU countries, meaning links that have been removed in Europe will still appear in search results elsewhere, including the United States. Microsofts form, available on its Bing website (, is a four-part questionnaire.

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