Xbox One Kinect – Will Big Brother Be Watching Us?

Gi - Recently, Peter Schaar, the Federal Data Protection Commissioner for Germany called the Xbox One Kinect‘s upgraded features a “twisted nightmare”. Given the recent government scandal concerning PRISM, the Xbox One’s Kinect poses some interesting privacy concerns to potential consumers.

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Dobgamers1706d ago

No, microsoft have denied that!

s8anicslayer1706d ago

Of course they're going to deny it, then it wouldn't be "Spying" if they told you they were allowing the FSA to do so..don't ya think? I hope you don't believe everything your told.

GameCents1705d ago

Let them watch! I mean goodness sake do people think they are so interesting that everybody wants to spy on them??
So tired of these articles. Lets just agree that they'll be watching your unfit and unkept slob of a body play games and jerk off.

xHeavYx1705d ago

What I would like to know is;
Can you use the One with Kinect not pointing directly to you?
Can you cover the camera and still be able to play?
If MS answered those questions, then most of the rumors would disappear

n4rc1705d ago

Especially when your only told it by conspiracy theorists.. Right?

This whole kinect is spying on me is the most idiotic subject I can imagine..

u people want ms to fail.. If you actually bothered to do a tiny bit of research (not reading comments sections!) Then you would know the actual facts..

Ie.. Kinect CAN be turned off

Wagz221705d ago

So when you play watch dogs, your watching big brother as big brother is actually watching you O.o its like the twilight zone.

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JokesOnYou1706d ago (Edited 1706d ago )

"The Kinect data collection can be used to monitor users for breaches of software and console policies. This means that if a user violates an established Microsoft policy, Microsoft can collect the evidence of that violation and put simply, use it to charge you extra."

-So she says concerns like the 24hr checkin, drm, and Kinect always being on recording you have been addressed but she then says when its on that it will check to see "if a user violates an established Microsoft policy", 1st What policy is she talking about?, 2nd Where's the proof that Microsoft will be actively using this to charge you? These blogs love to make up shiii for attention.

s8anicslayer, yes they denied it, so in America its called proof. Microsoft actually has done a lot fighting in Congress for consumer privacy rights and are rated highly as one of the better companies protecting your data because the govt makes tons of requests to huge companies like micro who have a lot of consumer data, but in reality they can just subpoena or use other means to get any info they want. The FBI even publicly said they don't need a warrant to spy on your emails.

camel_toad1705d ago

If Big Brother ends up watching me all I can say is that I feel really sorry for them. I apologize in advance, and my animals gave me full consent.

komp1705d ago

I can assure you that no matter what any company / person says about the whole Prism/NSA/GCHQ spying scandal... IF they are involved in it then the NSA would have enforced that no one could ever admit or deny it exists.

So you will have to come to your own conclusions as to what that means to you / everyone else.

If the government have nothing to hide then why the secrecy?

pompombrum1705d ago

To be fair, Microsoft and other companies are trying their hardest to be given the rights to be more open about these things. This whole fiasco though is a PR nightmare and won't stop anytime soon.

EasilyTheBest1705d ago

Oh please not this again...

orakle441705d ago

Just put some black electrical tape over the camera, no more watching you. :)

LackTrue4K1705d ago

You just can't believe all they say...they have been Caught lying several times last month.

JoySticksFTW1705d ago (Edited 1705d ago )

Just real quick since I'm on my phone, I think he means things like...

Announce that drm can't be turned off during Angry Joe interview then turn off the 24 hr check-in a few days later, is one

Cloud makes certain games possible; but now those games are perfectly fine offline after drm policy reversal

Announce No supply issues, but why the limited number of launch units, might be another (but really, why announce you have supply issues so buyers just go preorder the competitor's console)

There's more but can't type with these things

LackTrue4K1705d ago

@ funky town,
Are you new to gaming, do you not read up on gaming news? N4G/IGN etc etc...

n4rc1705d ago

Hey joysticks..

1 isnt a lie

2.. Cloud and DRM have nothing to do with one another

And 3.. You don't know stock numbers.. Nobody does.. Everything from production issues to limited availability are rumors.. Not fact by any stretch

JoySticksFTW1705d ago

Yeah, whatever you say rep management. LOL

Join date 19 days ago :D

I believe you ;)

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stage881705d ago

Yeah it's not like Microsoft have done any spying before....

Oh wait, they directly monitored millions of personal Skype calls and conversations.

Have fun with this spy box in your house.

4Sh0w1705d ago (Edited 1705d ago )

And then what happened?

None of your links prove anything, in fact it concludes with Microsoft responding that they complied with legal obligations but they we "reject them if we believe they aren’t valid." That actually goes against your accusation since nowhere does the link say Microsoft was spying only that they "helped the NSA" and by their response it indicates "helped" means the NSA sent specific requests.

Your second link only talks about a patent with the ability to record Skype calls, which recording calls also exist in many other formats doesn't mean there is anything evil going on, Sony for instance developed a patent for drm on used games, yet they haven't used it.

Nobody has shown that Microsoft spied on them for gain of the company itself and then did anything inappropriate with whatever they obtained.

Then Microsoft is on record saying that the govt sends tons of requests and supoenas for personal data and they are fighting such invasions of privacy through appropriate legal channels.

What more do you want from a very large US company that is subject to legal action by the US govt?

strigoi8141705d ago

Lolz so do you think they will be honest to you? Get outside enjoy life

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dazzrazz1706d ago

Nobody is gonna be collecting shit from my house... Because I'm jumping to PS4 camp this generation !

TimeSkipLuffy1705d ago

of course. Even if they would try to go against it, if the US government seems to make it mandatory they will just bow their head down... we are speaking about the US! I have nothing against the US (half of my family lives there) but we can't deny the fact that the US government is doing what they want. Even if it is to force to spy on us when it is for the "safety of human kind"...

green1705d ago

Will we be getting "kinect spying" articles for the next 7 years ? Ohh dear lord

Supermax1705d ago

Oh no there watching us.

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