Microsoft can’t stop peeping at their users
There is yet another default feature offered by Microsoft Edge that you probably want to disable. The Enhance Images feature in Microsoft Edge is designed to upscale low-resolution images, making them sharper and improving lighting and contrast. The assumption was that this feature uses your hardware to perform this transformation, and until recently Microsoft has done nothing to free us from this assumption.
However, it seems that enough people have noticed that this is not the case, and Microsoft Edge Canary users are now seeing a pop-up revealing the truth. The images you view in Bing are sent to Microsoft for processing, while Edge uploads them. This means that Microsoft may have a copy of every image you’ve ever seen while using Edge. You can see the pop-up above, informing users what Microsoft is actually doing. In these Canary versions you can load the Settings page on Edge and try disabling the feature in the Security section, however at this point the current version of Edge doesn’t give you that choice.
As Neowin points outThis isn’t the first time a Microsoft Edge feature turned on by default has been caught spying on users, and very recently. Their creator followers feature tracks every single URL you have visited and sends them to Redmond. Microsoft claimed this was an unintended bug and is presumably working to fix their behavior. If your version of Edge offers any of these features under Privacy, Search, and Services, you should seriously consider disabling them for now.