Microsoft Edge Browser now Available for Android at Google Play Store

Microsoft Edge Browser now Available for Android at Google Play Store

In contrast, the Edge Browser's beta is not yet open to all on Android but Microsoft has opened up its iOS beta testing to all users. This is the conclusion of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) after its investigation of Windows 10 Home and Pro. The company has made a few privacy improvements to Windows 10 since then, but the Dutch DPA believes Microsoft is still not explicit enough about the sort of tracking it does to Windows 10 users and how it uses their data.

Although collection of data is a generally unpopular practice from a consumer standpoint, Microsoft does have valid uses and benefits from collecting extensive metadata.

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"Due to Microsoft's approach users lack control of their data", claims the DPA.

I want our customers to know that it is a priority for us that Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro are clearly compliant under Dutch law. Full telemetry, meanwhile, sends detailed data on app usage and browsing histories through Microsoft Edge.

The application is not yet launched officially, and for both the platform it is an unreleased app, but the difference is that on iOS platform an only limited number of users can use it while on Android anyone can download it.

On Friday, DPA said that they conducted a thorough investigation of Microsoft Windows 10 Home and Pro operating systems, and found that the users are not clearly informed "about the type of data it uses, and for which objective".

The Dutch DPA mentioned that Microsoft doesn't inform users when it continuously collects personal data about the usage of apps and web surfing behavior in the Edge browser, when the default settings are used. Inkpad document contents can also be collected when full telemetry is enabled.

Microsoft Edge will also be used as the company's Kindle reader of sorts, with the app already having a dedicated section for Books which is presently empty and will contain your books purchased from the Microsoft Store in the future.

The company's default browser for Windows 10 is an uncluttered Internet Explorer replacement. Additionally, the Dutch DPA has established that Microsoft has not respected existing privacy choices from some users when they upgraded to the Creators Update. As a matter of fact, launching the iOS and Android versions of the browser is no assurance that it will dominate and push others aside; a lot still has to be done.



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