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Microsoft's Bing launches 'right to be forgotten' form

Search engine follows in Google's footsteps after court ruling in May

Microsoft's Bing launches 'right to be forgotten' form
Bing has followed Google in allowing Europeans to ask for pages to be removed from its online results.

Microsoft's search engine Bing has followed Google in allowing Europeans to ask for pages to be removed from its online results, the BBC reported.

The move comes after a European court ruled in May, that Google could be held responsible for the type of personal data that appears on its results pages and that people had the "right to be forgotten" on the web.

The judgement was made when a case was brought by Mario Costeja González from Spain, after he failed to secure the deletion of an auction of his repossessed home from 1998 on a website of a mass circulation newspaper in Catalonia. He said Google's search results infringed his privacy.

Google says it has received more than 70,000 removal requests so far.

However, it was reported by online sources yesterday that a new website has been set up called "Hidden from Google" which lists a set of links that have been removed following the ruling, which campaigners called an attack on free speech.

The site says: "The Censored Search Term(s) field in the list above does not denote the individual who requested the removal of the link by Google. It only lists terms which have, at a given time, been censored on a Google EU domain."

According to the BBC, "Hidden From Google" claims to have had "hundreds" of tip-offs from its users.

"There is an information gap there and, where you can verify examples, you can curate a list," said Afaq Tariq, the US web developer who set up the site.

He said he had asked for help from other developers in curating his list, which stood at 15 examples earlier this week.

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