Bing still working on ‘Right to be Forgotten', no timeframe for implementation

Not long ago, the Court of Justice in the European Union implemented a law that search engines must adhere to privacy related link removal requests from citizens. Known as the ‘Right to be forgotten’, this law applies to all search engines that offer service in the EU.

Google has already implemented its process for complying with the law but Bing has still not complied. In a recent update to Bing, the company offered a small update on its process for adhering to the ruling. Bing said the following:

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.

Search engines are quite complex so implementing a solution to appease the ruling is not a simple process. Although, Google seems to have been able to do so quickly and one would think that their engine and database is quite a bit larger than Bing’s.

Bing has been growing its footprint recently as it is now the default search service on all of the major desktop operating systems including Windows and now OS X. In addition to offering up search, the platform is also getting into the prediction market as well and is taking a shot at trying to hedge which teams will win their matches in the World Cup.

Source: Bing

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Utterly absurd ruling anyway.

A search engine's job is to scour publicly viewable web content and present relevant results to the user. If some of that content contains information about someone they no longer want to see, they should take it up with whoever is hosting it. Forcing Google to censor their results is stupid.

Lord Method Man said,
Utterly absurd ruling anyway.

A search engine's job is to scour publicly viewable web content and present relevant results to the user. If some of that content contains information about someone they no longer want to see, they should take it up with whoever is hosting it. Forcing Google to censor their results is stupid.

I completely agree! But this is the same entity that forced Microsoft to offer competing search engines into their own operating system. Lol, its a little backwards in the EU =).

So this is only for search results? Because they already offer a bunch of things to remove your Advertising ID, Microsoft profile...

I would rather companies complain about decisions/rules they are being forced to abide by and voice their opinions rather than just blindly accepting things. Lots of rules/decisions MS is forced to follow and they complain just the same.

There systems were probably never designed to not find things, how long before some people request to be removed then try to sue them because they still show up on page 642 of search results.

techbeck said,
I would rather companies complain about decisions/rules they are being forced to abide by and voice their opinions rather than just blindly accepting things. Lots of rules/decisions MS is forced to follow and they complain just the same.

I prefer companies that respect my privacy and don't see it as an obstacle to their core business.

Google could have raised objections to the ruling AND provided users with a user friendly, efficient means to remove unwanted search results. Instead, they chose to whinge and came up with some half-arsed solution that's designed to be difficult for people to use.

Then choose something else then. Why complain about a company that since day one had ads as their core business and ways to make money. This is not new news.

Kravex said,
There systems were probably never designed to not find things, how long before some people request to be removed then try to sue them because they still show up on page 642 of search results.

That is what I was thinking too... That law is stupid imo and will just cause more sue-happiness in the EU. Oh well, there problem to deal with right now, not mine ;).