Recent changes in the Microsoft Edge browser allow Microsoft to collect data regarding your web searches. It is possible for the company to collect the data using a new option added to the browser settings that is enabled by default.
Collecting user data through Microsoft Edge and sending it to Microsoft is not limited to the Bing search engine, but it also collects data from other search engines, including Google, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo and others, if set by default. And this is why most users want to disable this option.
Microsoft has listed on a more information page what data they collect and how they will use it. The data includes:
- the search term
- the search results displayed.
- the interaction with the search results, including links that are clicked on.
- demographic data.
The company may also collect other data, but on the more information page, these four items are specifically mentioned. According to them, they only collect data to provide users with a better search engine experience.
Disable privacy sensitive users data in Microsoft Edge
Open the Microsoft Edge browser. In the upper right corner click on the menu and in the menu click on Settings. Then click on Privacy Search and Services on the left.
Navigate a bit down until you are at search and service enhancement. Disable the “Help improve Microsoft products by submitting web search results” option.
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