Search engines - Search removal request

September 2016


Search engines - Search removal request


Following the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union, European users can now request the removal of search results deemed ad being obsolete or inappropriate from services such as Google, Microsoft.... These requests can be made via an online form provided by the search engines.

It should be noted that content published on social networks, websites or blogs are not covered by this measure.

Search removal request on Google


Link: https://support.google.com/legal/contact/lr_eudpa?product=websearch
Excerpt: A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (C-131/12, 13 May 2014) found that certain people can ask search engines to remove specific results for queries that include their name, where the interests in those results appearing are outweighed by the person's privacy rights.

When you make such a request, we will balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public's interest to know and the right to distribute information. When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there's a public interest in the information -- for example, we may decline to remove certain information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials.

You will need a digital copy of a form of identification to complete this form. If you are submitting this request on behalf of someone else, you will need to supply identification for them. Fields marked with an asterisk * must be completed for your request to be submitted
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Search removal request on Bing


Link:https://www.bing.com/webmaster/tools/eu-privacy-request

Excerpt:If you are a European resident and want to request that Microsoft blocks search results on Bing in response to searches on your name, please use this form.
We encourage you to provide complete and relevant information for each applicable question on this form. We will use the information that you provide to evaluate your request. We may also consider other sources of information beyond this form to verify or supplement the information you provide. This information will help us to consider the balance between your individual privacy interest and the public interest in protecting free expression and the free availability of information, consistent with European law. As a result, making a request does not guarantee that a particular search result will be blocked.
Note regarding minor children: If you are a minor, you may submit this form on your own. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a minor, you may submit this form on that minor's behalf, in which case, all references to "you" or "your" will refer to the minor child.
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, this form and the related processes may change as additional guidance becomes available. Submissions may be reevaluated over time.

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