Microsoft has announced significant changes to its AI-powered Windows Recall feature.

Originally designed to record user activity for enhanced search and productivity, Recall will now be opt-in, requiring explicit consent from users before activation.

“We are updating the set-up experience of Copilot+ PCs to give people a clearer choice to opt-in to saving snapshots using Recall. If you don’t proactively choose to turn it on, it will be off by default,” said Windows & Devices Corporate Vice President Pavan Davuluri.

“Windows Hello enrollment is required to enable Recall. In addition, proof of presence is also required to view your timeline and search in Recall.”

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The changes come in response to significant backlash following the initial announcement of Recall, which raised concerns about potential privacy violations and unauthorized data collection.

By making Recall opt-in and requiring Windows Hello, Microsoft aims to give users more control over their data and ensure that only authorized individuals can access their activity history.