Microsoft Wants to Make Sure Text Typed Into Web Browsers in Incognito Mode Stays Private

According to Microsoft, text you type into your Web browser is being used to offer autocorrect and autocomplete suggestions, even in Incognito mode.

A lot of people might think that their online activities in Google Chrome’s Incognito mode are not being tracked or recorded, but according to Microsoft, anything you type into the browser on Windows is still being used to learn a user’s typing habits in order to offer autocomplete and autocorrect suggestions. The company is now working to remedy this situation, and says it will begin treating all text typed while in Incognito mode as private, which means it will not be analysed at all. This is similar to how smartphones treat text typed into secure text fields.

The change will not take effect for some time, since it is currently being applied to the Chromiumcodebase where it can be tested before being adopted into Google Chrome itself. This contribution to Chromium by Microsoft comes as the company is ramping up its own Chromium-based version of the Microsoft Edge browser, after it decided to abandon its own EdgeHTML rendering engine late last year.

The suggested change to the Chromium codebase was spotted by 9to5Google in the Chromium developers’ message board. The most recent comment in the thread indicates that the change has been submitted by a Microsoft employee, and is being reviewed by peers from within the open-source Chromium organisation.

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