Bing: It's Taking Us Some Time To Build A 'Right To Be Forgotten' Tool

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Most of the whole "right to be forgotten" storyline has been focused on Google as it has always been at the center of the story, but don't forget, the recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union applies to other search engines as well.

Microsoft has put out a statement on the matter, buried in its help center, and helpfully brought to light by Danny Sullivan:

We’re currently working on a special process for residents of the European Union to request blocks of specific privacy-related search results on Bing in response to searches on their names. Given the many questions that have been raised about how the recent ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union should be implemented, developing an appropriate system is taking us some time. We’ll be providing additional information about making requests soon.

Google was able to get its tool out relatively quickly, so it's interesting that it's taking Microsoft so much longer, given that it frequently criticizes Google regarding privacy-related issues.

Once Google released its tool, it immediately averaged 10,000 requests per day. Google is expected to have to make some serious resource adjustments to handle so many requests, which must be reviewed for legitimacy.

It's likely that Bing's request number would be smaller based purely on search market share, but it will no doubt get plenty of requests as well.

Yahoo is also working on a tool.

Image via Bing

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