The EU’s new Right To Be Forgotten doesn’t just apply to Google. Microsoft’s Bing search engine has to obey it, as well — and Microsoft says today that it expects to provide information on how to request removals “soon.”
In a short help file page that went up today, Bing said that it is working on a system for how those in the European Union can request removals. Here’s Bing’s full statement:
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’s removals will be disclosed, and they will not happen on Google.com, only on EU-versions of Google. For more details on Google’s plans, see our explainer: How Google’s New “Right To Be Forgotten” Form Works.
Microsoft hasn’t said if it will do disclosure as well. It typically doesn’t disclose censorship removals in the way Google does, so it seems unlikely RTBF removals will be disclosed on Bing.
So far, Yahoo still hasn’t revealed any of its own plans beyond saying at the end of May that it’s developing its own solution.