Compliance Management, Privacy

Microsoft begins answering ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Microsoft began responding to European ‘right to be forgotten' requests this past week on its Bing search engine. detailed the requests Bing has received and said that 2,362 removal requests were filed. Microsoft has already addressed 79. said Microsoft has cited two reasons when refusing to honor a request. For an “unjustified” request, Microsoft said European Law doesn't cover the removal reason, and in “social media” rejections, the search engine provider said it cannot remove content hosted on social media sites.

Bing published its removal request form in July, about a month after Google implemented its own form.

Google has said it's received 178,609 requests and has taken down 40 percent of affected URLs, or 214,658. Facebook links account for the largest portion of URLs removed, followed by

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