Windows AI Takes Screenshots of Desktop ‘Every Few Seconds’

Microsoft’s new feature, Recall, is part of its Copilot+ suite for Snapdragon X Series laptops and involves capturing images of your screen every few seconds, creating an extensive archive of your activities. This archive is searchable and browsable, potentially allowing users to find past websites or files by analyzing these screenshots. The feature raises privacy concerns, but Microsoft assures that screenshots are stored locally and not shared or used for advertising. Users can exclude certain apps and sites from being captured.

Despite potential utility in recalling forgotten information, there are significant privacy risks, especially for shared computers or in situations like border crossings where authorities could access this detailed log. While some may find this feature beneficial, others might see it as intrusive, preferring existing tools like bookmarks and browser histories. The debate centers on whether such pervasive self-surveillance is a necessary or desirable advancement.