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Microsoft pushes release of AI-powered Recall after privacy concerns

Written by Thu 20 Jun 2024

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Just weeks after Microsoft announced a new Recall feature, where a user’s screen is regularly recorded, the technology giant has delayed the release of this AI-backed tool.

As soon as the Recall feature was reported, major privacy and security concerns were raised, with many experts worried about hackers or cybercriminals accessing this data.

Supported by the latest generative artificial intelligence (GenAI), Recall would be able to take snapshots of a user’s screen every five seconds to build a searchable record of around three months. The Copilot+ range of computers were supposed to be the first to include Recall but as a result of the privacy issues, the artificial intelligence (AI) feature will not be available until a later launch.

In a blog post discussing Recall, Pavan Davuluri, Corporate Vice President, Windows + Devices, pointed to customer feedback as the reason for the delay.

“This decision is rooted in our commitment to providing a trusted, secure and robust experience for all customers and to seek additional feedback prior to making the feature available to all Copilot+ PC users,” said Davuluri.

Now, Recall is on course to be included in a Windows Insider preview, leaving Microsoft time to address the privacy and safety issues that are have been mentioned since the announcement. Initially, Recall was set to be on by default, with customers having to opt-out rather than opt in.

No personal or confidential data was set to be removed or hidden when the screenshot was taken, meaning that everything from passwords or bank details could be saved through Recall. It is unclear what changes Microsoft will make to Recall before it is launched in the coming weeks.

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Written by Thu 20 Jun 2024

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