As with any browser, the new Microsoft Edge based on Chromium asks if you want to import data from another browser during setup. It’s handy but in the case of Edge, whether you give permission or not, data is being imported.
During Microsoft Edge ‘s initial setup, the browser will ask if you want to import basic data from another browser, either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. As a Reddit user first detailed, Microsoft Edge will import that data before you have given permission to do so. The post has since been deleted, but other users on the thread express that without permission Edge is importing their data. How? How?
If Edge asks for your permission to import data, users who look behind the dialog will find that some of their data is already there. That is before a user has allowed Microsoft to look at their other browsers in a technical way. If a user denies this permission, it easily deletes the information from Microsoft Edge.
Speaking to Windows Central, Microsoft provided some information regarding what is happening here. The company has explained that the import dialog provides users with “the opportunity to keep or discard the imported data,” but there is a big loophole for that data. “Residual data can not be completely deleted” if a customer stops the setup process early. Considering how Microsoft Edge is currently rolling out to several Windows users and takes over the whole machine at first, I ‘d say a lot of customers are avoiding the “first run experience” and leaving their data in the browser.
Can Microsoft fix this, and really play by the rules? Sure it doesn’t sound that way. Microsoft has essentially just answered the question entirely in a statement.
If the browser data belongs to the user, Microsoft does not need to take it before permission is given.