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Microsoft Edge Accused of Unwarranted Data Transfer After Windows Update

Edge imports Chrome data without clear consent, sparking privacy concerns. Users report surprise appearances of Chrome tabs in Edge after updates.

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Microsoft Edge has reportedly been involved in a controversial act of importing user data from Chrome without consent. The Verge has reported that following the installation of the latest Windows update from , Edge launched automatically and displayed all his Chrome tabs, suggesting the browser had accessed this information without permission.

User Experience and Reproduction of the Issue

Users across the internet have echoed similar concerns about Edge's behavior, with some sharing their astonishment upon witnessing their Chrome tabs appearing in Edge after a system update. While numerous attempts to recreate the issue on other devices have been made, the outcome remains inconsistent, and Microsoft has not officially addressed these claims.

EU Users and Microsoft Edge: A Potential Divorce

In light of these events, European Union users will soon have the option to uninstall Microsoft Edge. This is made possible by simply right-clicking the browser in the Start menu, offering a straightforward solution to those frustrated by the persistent interference of .

Despite these allegations, Microsoft Edge provides users with a feature during its setup that asks for permission to sync data with other browsers like Chrome or Firefox, aiming to make the transition smoother for those switching browsers. This option is also present in the Edge settings, where it remains disabled by default. However, users are reporting actual experiences in conflict with these supposed safeguards.

The revelation comes as part of a series of user complaints that suggest unapproved data acquisition by Microsoft's browser. Reports indicate that despite choices made during setup or within settings, Edge may be transferring open tabs, browsing history, favorites, and other elements from without explicit user consent.

These reports levy serious privacy concerns against Microsoft Edge, which aims to offer features for an easier switch from other browsers but potentially oversteps user privacy preferences. The specifics of these claims have yet to be investigated formally, and the extent of the issue's prevalence is unknown, as efforts to replicate the alleged misconduct have so far been unsuccessful.

The increasingly heated discussion online signals a growing user dissatisfaction with Microsoft Edge's approach to privacy and functionality, adding to the list of user-hostile practices the browser has been accused of. It remains to be seen how Microsoft will respond to these allegations and any potential impact on the browser's user base, particularly within the EU, where digital privacy is heavily regulated.

SourceThe Verge
Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.