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Microsoft is in the middle of trying to comply with a recent law, passed in May by the European Union Court of Justice, that requires all search engines that operate in the EU to hide content if a person requests their name not show up in their search results. The effort is better known as the "right to be forgotten".

Microsoft posted word this week about its status for complying with the law, in regards to its Bing search service. It stated:

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 has already put a system in place where people can request to have their names hidden from its search results. It's currently unknown how long the EU will wait for Microsoft to comply with the new law.

Source: Bing; Via: Neowin



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SeraphX2 says:

Sometimes I think you guys write your articles with your phones, because how do you get compiling from complying?

wpguy says:

Probably spell check correcting "compling." (You guys at least do that, right? Work with me here...)

KMF79 says:

I don't understand why all articles aren't written in Word. It fixes most grammar and spelling mistakes. Such a simple task that would go a long way.

wpguy says:

You didn't test "compling" in Word, did you....

Edit: And I stand corrected. Word's autocorrect would suggest "complying" when checking the sentence. Checking the word in isolation yields "compiling" as the top suggestion.

cknorthpole says:

Maybe they do write some of their articles on the go on their phones. Nothing bad with that I think.

And the photo is of the Wikipedia app of Rudy Huyn?

It has a bing logo, so it's relevant enough for WPC :D

SeraphX2 says:

One thing I don't understand is that my name is Robert Burke. A very common name. So how do they block me and not all the others? How does any search service know which stuff belongs to me and not the Robert Burke in California?
Do I have to sit down and tell them which FB account, and Google+ account, and Twitter account, etc is mine? And give them addresses for all the pictures I find of myself that I want blocked?
Sometimes I just feel the EU is full of shit.

DJCBS says:

Yes, that's exactly what you have to do. You have to say specifically what you want removed and you have to make proof of your identity and to justify why you want it removed. It's not just "remove this!" and Google blindly goes ahead and obeys.

You can't have a general block on searching for you. You have the right to ask "please do not display links to 'this' article about me in searches for Robert Burke because it's irrelevant/outdated/whatever." The EU is defending your right (if you're an EU citizen) to a bit of privacy of your past. But if you're a crooked politician or a dodgy builder, for example, your request can be refused.

If you're a crooked politician (aren't they all), there's no way your request would be refused ;)

Aman2901 says:

Let Microsoft ponder over it..

Didn't you answer your own question?
BTW, apart from your given info, there is something called "IP address". It's no big deal for them to recognize you based on your exact location and the personal information related with your IP address. Not just that, they know more about you than you think they know.

Aman2901 says:

+ 1520 Gautam..Right answer

KMF79 says:

The world doesn't run on static addresses. The majority lease them, therefore they change.

wpguy says:

True, but enough of the IP address would remain constant enough to find your general location.

Deamion says:

... and if years later I move out of the EU do I have to tell Google that I've moved and to start showing the links again? (oh .. wait, Google will already know that I moved before I actually move).

What if I Google the link while on vacation to the Mexico, will the links show up from there, or are they blocked no matter who or where the search is initiated?

Sounds like a way the EU can keep applying fines to MS and Google whenever they want to, <This link has not been removed, you now have to pay a 1.5 million Euro fine> etc...

DJCBS says:

Just a small correction: the European Courts DON'T pass laws. They just apply laws already in existance. The "right to be forgotten" was just the application of European law principles regarding privacy, not a new specific law created for the internet.

ttsoldier says:

*puts on tin foil cap*

Gimme a break

Tense says:

What? How is this any different from someone requesting that their information be withheld from a telephone directory? A desire for a greater degree of privacy by some is nothing new.

Narr says:

I think the real difference is the era we are living in. Personally I think although privacy is important non technical judges are not the best people to deliberate over such a far reaching decision and one that will more than likely be out paced technology wise in the next couple of years.

It's not privacy, it's draconian censorship. The internet doesn't recognise 'privacy' - if you want prvacy, don't use the internet.

Marco Gomes1 says:

Even people that don't use the internet are on the internet. Friends fotos, work related, phone lists, surveillance cameras, etc, etc, etc. Dumbest comment I've read today.

Tense says:

Your argument is terrible. The internet is almost a necessity in this day and age. Even if someone chooses to stay offline, that won't keep them out of friends' Facebook photos, data from employers, news sites, directories, etc. And even if the benefits outweigh the costs, that doesn't mean action shouldn't be taken to protect the privacy of those who want it. Just because privacy on the internet is relatively weak right now doesn't mean it has to stay that way forever. Hardly draconian censorship.

NIST says:

I wonder what Dogpile, infobot, blekko, Wow, WebCrawler, MyWebSearch, Infospace, DuckDuckGo, Dogpile, Ask, and others are doing to comply?

CraUmm says:

They ll show google search results now.

Aman2901 says:

I wonder what would show up when we search for Rodneyej's girlfriend?? ;-p

wpguy says:

A lot of those are merely regurgitating results from other engines.

crise says:

Always behind Google, Microsoft. When will this change?

Ticomfreak says:

This law is so typical liberal B.S., I'm glad I'm not an EU citizen.

*chanting* USA! USA! USA!

mighty_stag says:

I'm also glad you're not an EU citizen :P

Dean McCrae says:

Yes, the EU is full of crap. Many countries are considering pulling out. On the other hand, the U.S. has its fair share of problems and BS, right?

Jotoll says:

Yes, options are bad!

anirban130 says:

Google has already done... Common atleast somewhere try to beat google if not its android... Lol

exkerZ says:

They beat google in OS sexiness ;)

This whole "right to be forgotten" is akin to marching into a library and demanding they pulp books. It's bad for everyone; it's nothing more than internet censorship.

twrist says:

Actually, the original material will remain. It is more like asking the library to remove your name from their index, but the book about you will still be on the shelf.

i_says says:

EDIT I read more about it, my opinion was uninformed