ICO in contact with Microsoft over the safety of Recall AI feature

22/05/2024 | Microsoft

On Monday, Microsoft announced a series of PC products integrated with artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. One of the features that Microsoft has added to its new Copilot+ PCs range is a service called Recall, which allows users to retrace their steps to find archived or misplaced content. Microsoft's Recall AI feature works by taking encrypted snapshots and storing them locally on your computer every five seconds, where the content displayed on the screen differs from the previous snapshot. 

However, in a statement on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) confirmed that the regulator is in contact with the company: "We are making enquiries with Microsoft to understand the safeguards in place to protect user privacy." 

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