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Should Government Restrict Xbox One Kinect?

A new bill was introduced on the house floor today in Congress that could have huge implications for Microsoft's Xbox One. Citing privacy concerns, lawmakers are targeting devices with cameras.

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ApolloTheBoss1107d ago

I'll bet this was the government's idea to begin with.

Fairchild Channel F1107d ago

Should they restrict it? Yep.

It's also ironic that congress has a problem with this type of intrusion/spying but seems to be completely ok knowing the National Security Agency was collecting data on hundreds of millions of Americans in a dragnet like collection of American citizens' phone records and Internet information.

Belking1107d ago

Well where have you been? This has been going on since before you were born. It's not gonna stop nor should it. As long as you aren't a threat to national security then there is nothing to worry about. I hate to break it to ya but the U.S. is only one of many, many countries that do this. It's intrusive but it's necessary.

DarkBlood1107d ago

No @Belking its only acceptable in public places i sure as hell dont want privacy invasion products in my own home since you know its damn private and what i or anyone else do in thier own place is none of the "goverment and anyone elses" business

so when someone buys something tech it better not have that kind of intrusive features because they dont need to have it there.

Though i have nothing to hide doesnt meant i like being monitered to that extent, protect your own freedom.

RedHawkX1107d ago

this the same thing i was just about to say lol. govermet probably paying ms under the table to do this in the first place. its amazing that some people are still going to buy an xbox one to become slaves

giovonni1106d ago

This is so blown out of proportion its ridiciulous now.Let me let you in on something Redhawk... You're already a slave. You have an identification number that tracks your every move... A physical form of currency that keeps you in debt, a system In place to keep you that way. Lets not forget there are electronics and services outside of the xboxone that pin point where you been, and let me let you in on another secret... They've been doing it since the 60s.

The government paying ms to monitor people? please! MS is nothing but a small fry in a big pound. Why would you pay a company... You control... To enslave people, that have already be enslave by the government using currency, religion, and military power? If you think choosing to own an xboxone is going to make people slaves than there is a lot to be learned. You should be more worried about the city of states and the world banks than an over blown out of proportion video game system. To make a log story short... We are all monitored, some more than others so go ahead and use MS as a scapegoat I something that has been going on for a very long time

SilentNegotiator1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

Between our executive branch keeping the Patriot Act alive and congress being distracted with gun violence over a few instances of people snapping (and "combating" it by wasting millions on studies that have already been done a million times on violent games and movies, trying to ban fancier semi-automatics, and hitting their heads against the wall), we'll have to put up with crap like this for a long time. Probably forever.

Basically 16 years of the Bush administration. So much for "change" on the issues people were the most up in arms over this last decade.

mydyingparadiselost1106d ago

Except for the gun violence legislation being a 'distraction' ( although I agree that violent media studies are unnecessary at this point) I couldn't agree more. The Obama admin has just taken the Bush era policies and run with them instead of changing any of them for the better and the 'new more open gov' pledge he ran with is now tarnished by hiding the extent to which people can and have been monitored.

iliimaster1106d ago

belking you are so off on this.... they can blackmail anyone with prisim look at the statistics porn is everywhere especially now.... and back just a few years not that many people had smart phones now everyone does so more data etc is being collected more than ever you wouldn't want someone snooping around your house with a checklist making sure theres nothing to get u in trouble with would you?

Tyre1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

Well Said! Finally someone who gets it too. What a bunch of morons still willingly defending this crap....unbelievable how people are brainwashed in trusting the ones that trust no-one & these people will get unprecedented power like we have NEVER seen in any state in history before! No government should ever have this overwhelming control over peoples lives. Finally the politicians are acting like they should in a modern western democracy 'working in the interest of the public & protecting ordinary people from an overpowered state'! We must restore a balance of power otherwise this WILL lead to a new totalitarian state. Power corrupts, the surveillance techniques WILL lead to immense suppression if abused by anti democratic minded people. Most surveillance is in the interest of protecting state property and not the public, wake up! Accepting a device capable of surveillance and that uses a mandatory CCTV/Biometric/Voice profiling/3D object IDTAG scanner in your house is a major violating of our freedoms. There should remain a difference between a prison and our ordinary lives.

NumOnePS3FanBoy1106d ago

@ApolloTheBeast hahaha my thoughts exactly. This guy must be under a rock if he hasn't noticed what is happening in the user private data space that has been on the news for day. The government would sell their own grandma to have one of these in every home lol

rainslacker1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

To be fair, not everyone in congress or the house has knowledge or oversight of the CIA.

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Even if a bill like this got passed, it probably wouldn't stop things like PRISM from happening. The patriot act supersedes most laws. They'll just be more careful not to get caught.

It's nice that it's at least being drafted. It at least hold corporations who would be prone to use this technology to the law, and hopefully prevent abuse. I doubt it will do much for keeping clandestine government operations from following the law.

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evilhasitsway1107d ago

yes they should and who ever idea it was to have the thing watch and listen at all times needs to be fired some really stupid crap. this is were it starts watching with the x1 then next thing you know it will be the tv then your phone. so and so stop it now while we can.

Belking1107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

If that's what you believe then you better get rid of every other device that can do it too. I got news for ya. you are being monitored right now on the internet. What can you do about that? Nothing I think...lol

brich2331107d ago

what makes u think thier not spying on your cell phone?

mydyingparadiselost1106d ago

Thanks for posting a link it was a good read, I had no idea that Kinect like hardware was being put in TVs. Troubling times indeed.

rainslacker1106d ago

Even if one person thought of it, it's still up to a board of directors to decide if they want to use it. No doubt the money they showed they could make off such technology was enough to not have much discussion on it. Data mining is a very lucrative business with plenty of buyers.

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Soldierone1107d ago

Why? They'd love this. They could steal information and watch every little thing you do, and then turn around and say "oh we are just scanning rooms for wanted criminals."

I haven't been defending Microsoft, but in all honesty if the government wants them to "warn" people or "restrict" it, then they need to do the same thing to themselves.... Constantly stealing all our data, but don't worry its "not against the law....."

rainslacker1106d ago (Edited 1106d ago )

" and then turn around and say "oh we are just scanning rooms for wanted criminals."

I'm pretty sure that they would still need a warrant to do such a thing. This would be equivalent to the police just coming into your house. They can't really walk up to your door and say, "We're just looking for criminals." They need some sort of probable cause.

There is the issue of finding terrorists, and these kinds of laws don't affect the search for them. That kind of power got abused pretty bad, and it's worrisome that a major corporation now has the ability to possibly monitor your home for the government. It's also worrisome that it could be hacked and used for any number of deviant acts by people who just want to do things like that.

The fact people would want something like this in their home, even if they trust the corporations providing them is worrisome.

I guess what I'm saying is that the X1 is rather worrisome.

Soldierone1106d ago

They used to need a warrant to hand to phone companies for all our private data too, and all the information off our hard drives. This wouldn't be any different. Its information through tech, therefore they can "legally" steal it if they force Microsoft to do it.

I don't see why they are attacking Microsoft anyways, they have been big supporters of this stupid data stealing

Godmars2901107d ago (Edited 1107d ago )

The government shouldn't have moved intelligence gathering to the private business sector.

All this crap, since MS is one of the companies which signed on, is an offshoot of those companies trying to justify their expenses and raise their profits.

And this crap has been going on since Bush because of 9/11.

giovonni1106d ago

You mean since the FBI. They've tracked every mover Martin Luther king made. The same tactics that were used to break up the black panthers were used on two popular rappers that are now dead. Forget Bush, He's Ronald McDonald or a face of a power with someone pulling his strings. Same goes for Clinton, and Obama. Now whoever else lands in office will have the same faith.... O

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