Microsoft Backtracks on Windows 'Recall' Feature After Privacy Uproar

From CNET: Microsoft is changing its Recall automatic screenshotting feature for Windows-powered Copilot Plus PCs after weeks of criticism from privacy advocates.

Microsoft said in a blog post Friday that its Recall feature, which was announced May 20, will be turned off by default when it launches on June 18. Users who want to take advantage of the feature will have to choose to turn it on.

Recall is designed to track all activity on a Windows computer through periodic screenshots, using an artificial intelligence tool to "retrace your steps visually," making it easier to find previous opened apps, work and websites.

Microsoft had said the images are "encrypted, stored and analyzed locally," but privacy experts warned that other people who have physical access to a given computer could potentially access them.

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