Microsoft Edge Doesn't Wait for Permission to Import Your Data

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Most browsers offer to import your data from other browsers when they are first installed. It’s pretty handy when you switch from Firefox to Chrome, for example. But it seems that Microsoft’s Edge browser is a little too proactive: it imports your data from Chrome and Firefox before asking for your authorization.

As spotted by Windows Central, the problem appeared for the first time Reddit post deleted since. Although the original message text has disappeared, many comments have confirmed Edge’s behavior.
When you open Edge for the first time, it immediately imports your data from Firefox and Chrome.

And then it asks for your permission to import the data. If you say yes, everything is ready. If you say no, it should delete the data it has provided.

All this happens during the “first experience”, which leads to a problem. It’s easy to quit the first run experience ”and tempting to do it because Edge is so close to Chrome that it may seem pointless to get the introduction.

But if you ignore this introduction, it bypasses the choice to import data, which means that Edge may not be able to delete your data if you did not want to import it.

In a statement to Windows Central, Microsoft admitted:

During the first execution experience, the customer is offered the option of retaining or deleting the imported data. This data is deleted if they choose not to continue importing. If a client prematurely closes the new Microsoft Edge browser during the first runtime experience (for example using Task Manager), the residual data may not be completely deleted. We recommend that customers do not stop the installation process prematurely to ensure an expected result.

You may be wondering if Micrsoft plans to change course and wait until you ask to move your data before copying it. This does not appear to be the case, as he explained to Windows Central:

We believe that the browser data belongs to the customer and he has the right to decide what to do with it. Like other browsers, Microsoft Edge offers users the ability to import data during configuration.

Browser preferences and data may seem trivial, but it’s always a strange choice to ask for forgiveness rather than permission, especially when it comes to touching user data.

via Windows Central

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