Microsoft Delays Rolling Out Recall AI Feature Amid Security Concerns

The company announced that Recall will be available as a preview feature only through the Windows Insiders Program, instead of being a broadly available tool. 
Microsoft Delays Rolling Out Recall AI Feature Amid Security Concerns
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Microsoft has pulled the plug on rolling out "Recall," an AI-powered feature that tracks computer usage, during the release of the Copilot+ PC on June 18, amidst privacy and security concerns.

The company posted that Recall will be available as a preview feature only through the Windows Insiders Program, instead of being a broadly available tool. Microsoft plans to make the AI feature available on all Copilot+ PCs soon after they receive feedback through WIP.

"This decision is rooted in our commitment to providing a trusted, secure, and robust experience for all customers," Windows Corporate Vice President Pavan Davuluri wrote in the blog post.

Microsoft first introduced the Copilot+ PC on May 20 as a computer designed to run advanced AI programs, including Recall. Recall is an AI tool that regularly takes screenshots to create a record of activity, allowing users to search for their previous actions.

The Recall feature tracks web browsing and voice chats, creating a history stored on the computer that the user can search for when they need to remember something they did, even months later.

Recall raised controversy soon after it was announced. Industry experts have expressed concern that hackers could develop tools that can retrieve user information, including usernames and passwords, from Recall’s saved screenshots.

Elon Musk called it a "Black Mirror episode," making comparisons to the Netflix series that explores the harmful effects of advanced technology.

In response, Microsoft announced that the Recall feature would be turned off by default, requiring users to opt in. The company also implemented additional security protections, including an encrypted search database.

In addition, to enable the Recall feature, users will need to enroll in Windows Hello, which requires users to prove their identity through a PIN, fingerprint, or facial recognition.

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