The buzz about Edge had not yet died down when it became known that the browser transmits data to Bing about the sites visited by users, but a new one is started. Another controversial Edge feature turns out to send all the images you view to Microsoft.
This is done through a built-in image enhancement tool that, according to Microsoft’s description, uses “super-resolution power to improve the clarity, sharpness, brightness and contrast of images on the web.”
Exactly how this is done has been unknown until now — but Microsoft’s latest Edge Canary update sheds light on the mechanics of the process. It warned that the browser does not process images on the user’s computer, but instead sends links to them to Microsoft for processing.
The “Super resolution” feature was added to Edge earlier this year and is still in the experimental stage — Microsoft is rolling it out gradually, so some users have had it up and running for months, while others still don’t have it. It is very easy to check its presence: in the menu “Settings – Privacy, search and services” in the last section “Services” there should be an option “enhance the image in Microsoft Edge”.
It is also reported that in future Edge updates, the setting of this feature will become more flexible: in addition to full on/off, Microsoft will also allow you to choose which sites should not use “image enhancement”.