Microsoft’s Edge browser has a comparatively latest on-by-default characteristic that means that you can “comply with content material creators” in Edge itself. If you happen to comply with numerous channels or particular person customers throughout a number of web sites, the characteristic guarantees to create a site-agnostic feed for updates from these creators that you would be able to entry in a single place, plus a strategy to save movies and different recordsdata to your Collections. To drive extra folks to make use of the characteristic, it is also designed to indicate you solutions about creators you can be following.
The issue is that this characteristic could also be sending details about each single web site you go to in Edge to Microsoft. Reddit person hackermchackface says that as of Edge model 112.0.1722.34 (launched on April 7), the browser sends the complete URL of any web site you go to to a Microsoft-owned “bingapis.com” area, together with domestically hosted URLs and IP addresses. Older variations of the browser would solely ship this info to bingapis.com when you had been on a web site supported by the content-follower characteristic, like Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube.
Developer Rafael Rivera, talking to The Verge, stated that the characteristic meant to solely notify Bing once you had been on particular websites you had elected to comply with however that “it doesn’t look like working accurately, as a substitute sending practically each area you go to to Bing.”
Microsoft stated it’s “conscious of reviews” concerning the URL-leaking situation and that the corporate “will take acceptable motion to deal with any situation.”
Like lots of Edge’s extra annoying pop-up-generating options, the entire creator-following options may be disabled within the Edge settings by going to the Privateness, Search, and Companies part and scrolling all the way in which down. Whereas many settings in Edge may be synced between completely different computer systems when you’re signed in with a Microsoft Account, these settings (together with the default search engine) normally must be manually modified on each laptop you employ Edge on.