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Microsoft’s Bing Starts Taking ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Requests

Microsoft has started taking requests from people 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." Bing has 2.5 percent of the European search market. Microsoft's move follows market leader Google, which started removing some search results last month. The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union ruled in May that Google must 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." Microsoft's "forgotten" form is available on its Bing website.

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