Microsoft removes 47% of right to be forgotten requests – some countries are trolling the requests heavily

Country / Region
Requests received and processed
URLs requested
URLs accepted
URLs rejected
Percentage of URLs accepted
Austria 45 103 67 36
65%
Belgium
49
421
105
316
25%
Bulgaria 4 10 8 2
80%
Croatia 3 8 4 4
50%
Cyprus 2 2 0 2
0%
Czech Republic 12 20 13
7
65%
Denmark 24 33 19 14
58%
Estonia 8
49
33 16
67%
Finland
32
112 42 70
38%
France 895 2,495 1,065 1,426
43%
Germany 460
1,705
897 807
53%
Greece 5 43
0
43
0%
Hungary 2 3 3 0
100%
Ireland 28 126 85 41
67%
Italy 178
625
417 208
67%
Latvia 13
32
16 16
50%
Lithuania 2 2 1 1
50%
Luxembourg 2 5
1
4
20%
Malta 2 3 1 2
33%
Netherlands
152
854
596
257
70%
Norway 24 50 22 28
44%
Poland 19 172 116 56
67%
Portugal 4 20 10
10
50%
Romania 7 62 28
34
45%
Russia 23 33 17 16
52%
Slovakia 1 2 2
0
100%
Slovenia 8 13 8 5
62%
Spain 143 383 134 242
35%
Sweden
113
315
126
189
40%
Switzerland 68 273 153 120
56%
United Kingdom 539 2,306
1,256
1,026
54%
Total 2,867 10,280 5,245 4,998
51%

Note: This table shows the number of URLs that were accepted and rejected for European and Russian requests received between July 1 and December 31, 2020 that were processed as of February 15, 2021. The number of URLs accepted and rejected may not reflect requests still pending review as of February 15, 2021. For example, processing delays may result if more information is needed to complete the review on a request.

Cumulative “Right to be forgotten” requests, May 2014 – December 2020

 

Requests received and processed URLs requested URLs accepted URLs rejected Percentage of URLs accepted
Total 41,613 133,972 62,373 71,562 47%

Note: This table shows the number of URLs that were accepted and rejected for European and Russian requests received between May 2014 and December 31, 2020 that were processed as of February 15, 2021. The number of URLs accepted and rejected may not reflect requests still pending review as of February 15, 2021. For example, processing delays may result if more information is needed to complete the review on a request.

Source: Content Removal Request Report | Microsoft CSR

In some countries apparently it is normal for a single request to make sweeping right to be forgotten deletion requests.

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