Microsoft Edge importing Firefox data without user permission

Posted on Wednesday, June 24 2020 @ 11:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Windows 10 users discovered that the new Chromium-based version of Microsoft's Edge browser, which is now offered via automatic rollout, sometimes sneakily imports user data from Mozilla's Firefox browser. Some users take offense that Microsoft does this without asking the user's permission:
“Love rebooting my computer to get treated to a forced tour of a browser I'm not going to use that I have to force close through the task manager to escape, and then finding out it's been copying over my data from Firefox without permission,” one user explains.

“Unless you close it via task manager instead of doing the forced setup, in which case it copies your data anyway, and the worst part is most people will never know what it's doing because they'll never open it again. I only reopened it because I noticed it automatically signed me into the browser as it was closing and wanted to sign out before not touching it again, at which point I discovered it had already copied my Firefox data over despite the fact I didn't go through the setup process,” someone else explains.
If you don't want to receive the new Chromium-based Edge on Windows 10, you need to opt-out by using the blocked toolkit.

Via: Softpedia




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