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Microsoft Edge for Android now available for Download at Play Store

Microsoft Edge for Android now available for Download at Play Store

The Dutch DPA investigated Windows 10 Home and Pro and found that Microsoft still doesn't properly inform users about the type of data it collects, nor for what goal. What that means is that you will now be able to download and use the Edge browser on your Android phone; something that was not possible before now. Microsoft does not clearly inform users about the type of data it uses, and for which objective. And a lot of features of Widows Edge are still not there. Since the release of Windows 10, metadata has been transmitted to Microsoft using the built in telemetry feature with no clear option to completely opt out of all information sharing. If this is not the case, the Dutch DPA can decide to impose a sanction on Microsoft. Microsoft continuously collects technical performance and user data (e.g. which apps are installed and, if the user has not changed the default settings, how often apps are used, as well as data on web surfing behaviour) from these devices. Cool as this tool is, only users with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update can enjoy or access it. Because of the company's approach to data collection, the users can't provide valid consent to Microsoft, according to the European Union data protection legislation. Do people know about this, do they want this? The first is to help Microsoft fix Windows for devices on which it experiences errors, and the second is for Microsoft to serve personalized ads to Windows 10 users. For iOS, it uses Safari's own engine, and for Android, it uses Chrome's Blink Engine.

The DPA said that Microsoft does offer users a good overview of what the basic telemetry level is about, but the company describes the full telemetry level in a much more general way.

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As operating systems and browsers become more and more secure malicious actors are finding it increasingly more worthwhile targeting the unchanging weak link in the chain, the user, using techniques such as phishing and spear phishing to trick users into willingly giving up their important data and credentials.

If you are a Windows 10 user, then you may be knowing that Microsoft Edge browser is there in the Windows PC for a while and a large number of a majority is already used to it. Additionally, the Dutch DPA has established that Microsoft has not respected existing privacy choices from some users when they upgraded to the Creators Update. With that, the company is now moving on to platforms like Android and iOS.


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