Microsoft Edge accused of stealing Chrome data without user permission

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Several users have reported that Microsoft Edge, the default web browser on Windows 10 and 11, automatically imported browsing data from Google Chrome after installing a Windows update, even though the data import feature was disabled. This has raised concerns about user consent and transparency regarding data handling.

In October 2023, multiple users reported that Microsoft Edge automatically opened with their Chrome tabs after installing a Windows update. The data import feature, which includes bookmarks, browsing history, cookies, and other data from other browsers, was disabled on their systems.

The exact cause of this issue remains unclear, but one possibility is a prompt that appeared and disappeared quickly during the update process, potentially triggering the data import unintentionally. Tom Warren confirmed these user reports from The Verge.

User concerns have been raised about the lack of explicit consent for data import, transparency issues surrounding the import process, and privacy concerns due to browsing data being sensitive information.

To ensure that user data is handled safely and transparently, Microsoft should take a few possible steps. Firstly, the company should conduct a thorough investigation into any reported issues and take necessary measures to prevent unauthorized data transfers in the future.

Secondly, the data import feature should be enabled only with explicit user consent and presented transparently, without misleading tactics. Finally, Microsoft may need to reconsider its Edge promotion methods and prioritize user choice and ethical data practices to maintain user trust.

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