Speaking to Windows Central, Microsoft provided some information about what’s going on here. The company explained that the import dialog gives users “the opportunity to keep or discard the imported data.” However, there’s a big loophole for that data. If a customer stops the setup process early, “residual data may not be fully deleted.” Given how Microsoft Edge is currently rolling out to many Windows users and takes over the entire machine at first, I’d bet a lot of people are stopping the “first-run experience” and having their data remain within the browser.
Does Microsoft plan to fix this and actually play by the rules? It sure doesn’t sound like it. In a statement, Microsoft essentially just dodged the question entirely.
We believe browser data belongs to the customer and they have the right to decide what they should do with it. Like other browsers, Microsoft Edge offers people the opportunity to import data during setup.
While Microsoft Edge shares the same source code as the popular Chrome browser, it offers better privacy control for users.This list is the checked by the browser and if any data needs to be sent to Google's servers, will only send a hashed partial URL fingerprint that can be used to track browsing behavior.
If browser data belongs to the customer, perhaps you shouldn’t take it before being given permission, Microsoft.
More on Microsoft Edge:
- Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge is now rolling out to all Windows 10 users
- Google recommends Chrome when users sign in to Gmail from the new Microsoft Edge
- Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge developers worked together to improve spellcheck
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