Microsoft’s search engine ‘Bing’ has introduced its right to be forgotten form allowing Europeans to ask for pages of web content to be removed from its online search results.
The form, similar to the one that we saw Google introduce last month, gives its users an opportunity to request a link to be blocked from the site, which may be detrimental to their character, which will then be evaluated by a member of the Microsoft team.
There are 4 sections to Bing’s form:
Section 1- requests detail about your identity
Section 2 -asks about your role in society or your community (politician, celebrity etc)
Section 3 -requires details about the pages you want to block
Section 4- requests your electronic signature.
“This information 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,” states the form.
Users do have to remember that just because they are making a request, information may not necessarily be blocked; each request is dealt with on an individual basis. But it does at least give internet users a fraction of control, albeit a very small amount, which they did not previously have.
View Bing’s removal request form