Microsoft has joined Google and launched its own version of the "right to be forgotten" request form for its search engine Bing, in an attempt to comply with a recent European Union ruling that has already sparked fierce debate over online privacy.
The May ruling by the European Court of Justice was based bought by a Spanish man who wanted Google to remove mention of a past bankruptcy from search results. The court decided search engines should be held to existing EU rules on data, which guarantees people that their data be up-to-date and accurate. Google says it has since received 250,000 requests from 70,000 individuals.
There are several differences between, Microsoft's form and Google's, with questions such as, "Are you a public figure (politician, celebrity, etc.)?" appearing to be targeted at alleviating concerns over free speech, while complying with the ruling.