Elements 14: Changes time on import so duplicates are not detected

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When importing JPEG images into Photoshop Elements 14, duplicates are no longer detected. This appears to be because the "Date Time" metadata field is changed on import to the import time, rather than remaining as the "Date Time Original" (or Capture Time). As the two otherwise identical images now have different times, they are not considered to be duplicates. Details are as follows:

1. Prior to me first importing a RAW file, when a JPEG file was imported, the "Date Time" field retained the same time as the "Date Time Original" field and duplicate files were detected correctly during import.

2. For the first time (with Photoshop Elements of any revision) I imported a RAW (.ARW) and JPEG copy of the same image generated by my Sony A6000 when set to RAW & JPEG image quality. The "Date Time" of the RAW file remained set to the "Original" time, but the "Date Time" of the JPEG was changed to the import time.

3. Subsequent imports of JPEG files by themselves (i.e. with no companion RAW file) from my camera or phone resulted in the "Date Time" field continuing to be changed to the import time. The time is not changed on Imported RAW files.

4. Inspection of the EXIF data on the memory card confirms that the time is not being changed by the camera.

5. The only setting I am aware that I changed was "Automatically Stack RAW and JPEG". I set this on before the first RAW import, and turned it off after I found this issue. This made no difference. "Automatically Fix Red Eye" has always been off. I tried "Automatically Suggest Photo Stacks" once some time ago, but it has been off for the time period described here. I have tried creating and importing into a new catalogue and deleting the cache, but the behaviour persists. I cannot see any other setting that may impact this.

6. I understand that the "Date Time" field is the latest time the file was changed. No other exif data (apart from the filename) is changed upon import. However, I guess it is possible that PE14 is making some change to the file that triggers the date change.

7.I am using the latest update of Adobe Elements 14 (14.1) under Windows 10.

I'd be grateful of a solution to this problem.

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