(The Hosting News) – Microsoft and Yahoo’s search engines have begun to remove links due to Europe’s right to be forgotten ruling.
Though Bing released its request form in July, the company just now started to process the reports, reports The Guardian, citing Forget.me.
“There have been 699 demands for ‘search engine result’ removal requests on Bing handled via Forget.me since the 23rd of July, representing a total of 2 362 URLs. So far, 79 requests have received an answer from Bing,” stated forget.me via blog post.
Both Yahoo and Microsoft are following in Google’s footsteps, which was the first search engine to remove links that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.”
“We’ve begun processing requests as a result of the court’s ruling and in accordance with the guidance from European data protection authorities,” said a Microsoft spokesperson to TheNextWeb. “While we’re still refining that process, our goal is to strike a satisfactory balance between individual privacy interests and the public’s interest in free expression.”
Meanwhile, Yahoo told the Wall Street Journal that they will “carefully evaluate each request with the goal of balancing the individual’s right to privacy with considerations of the public’s right to information.”
Last week the European Union announced that they were pushing for the right to be forgotten to be present across all Google domains, including in the U.S.