Xbox One: Is Big Brother Watching You For a Decade?

Skewed and Reviewed have posted an opinion piece asking if consumers should be concerned about the system reportedly being on for 10 years. They question the information gathering features of the system and ask if consumers should be told who is getting access to this information and why.

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golding891875d ago (Edited 1875d ago )

Although I think this "theory" of Kinect watching you is overblown..

I will agree with this "I want to know, what is being recorded, why, and who is getting this data."

This is something that I am sure all users will want to know "IF" they are indeed recording..

Insomnia_841874d ago

That's been the problem with Microsoft since the reveal. They said the system would require you to do this this and that, but why? How does it really work? That's why everyone is so skeptical about Microsoft now, even indie developers are saying "we still need to know more details" that's why even publishers said back then "we still to hear more details". It's like they expect to screw everyone without anyone saying a single word and just take whatever it is that they're throwing at us with a smile on our faces.

JsonHenry1874d ago (Edited 1874d ago )

Doesn't matter your platform. Whether it is a cell phone, computer, games console, other internet connected device, or even "smart" appliances connected to smart-grid electricity outlets you ARE being spied on EVERYTHING you do. -

@blackmanone- not sure why you are so butthurt. I was pointing out the fact that you are being watched every which way. So why is it so hard for some to believe that the xbox isn't going to be spying on you as well?

blackmanone1874d ago (Edited 1874d ago )

And are all of what you mentioned a camera in my living room that I can't turn off? The short answer is no, but if you cared enough about the facts you wouldn't have brought up a bunch of electronics that have no bearing on the argument.

trafalger1874d ago (Edited 1874d ago )

seeing as how billions of people have smartphones with cameras it seems rather hypocritical to think the xbone will somehow be any worse.

as far as i know the xbone no longer requires a internet connection to work so how will they spy? any device that connects to the net can cause privacy concerns.

its just something weve all become accustomed to now. whether it be our cellphone or laptop with a webcam built in. with anything, including facebook, you have to protect yourself as much as possible if your worried about privacy. there will also be privacy settings you can use on the xbone.

Khajiit861874d ago

Doesn't matter to me. I will have my kinect facing the other direction when I am not gaming with it, so that way when they spy on me they will just see me jumping around my living room like a monkey.

Mike134nl1874d ago

Microsoft has said that they will fight against NSA. While this does not means much if consumers find out they are using kinect to spy on consumers it would mean a heavy blow to Microsoft xb1.

Bringing this up solely because there are a number of tech savy gamers/developers who would notice any spying going on with the xb1.

xHeavYx1874d ago

By saying that they'll fight the NSA, they pretty much say that Kinect has the ability to spy

pompombrum1874d ago

Saying they will fight the NSA is nothing but a PR statement. If the NSA comes knocking, Microsoft by law are obligated to comply with their wishes.

Garethvk1875d ago

Exactly. I do not think it is paranoia, I think this is something that any consumer has the right to know. If it is always on and connected and if the camera is an essential part then we need to know. There is a debate as to if people have a right to privacy in their own homes but any retail locale has to have a sign telling people that cameras are in use. Yes this is often to deter crime but people also have to be informed if they are being recorded.

blackmanone1874d ago

Garethvk, great comment. How anyone could disagree with you for wanting to know more, I'll never know.

pompombrum1874d ago

Probably the work of shills. Nobody should bend over for their rights as a consumer. People have the right to know what's being recorded from the kinect device and exactly how it's being used.

Godmars2901874d ago (Edited 1874d ago )

Why were people trying to use the argument that because there's a camera on every street corner we shouldn't be bothered putting one in our homes when Kinect 2.0 and always online were first announced?

People can be willfully blind.

KillrateOmega1875d ago

Some of the claims and concerns that people have made on this website concerning Kinect watching you are, admittedly, a little ridiculous; however, the idea of being watched just doesn't sit right with me.

For example, I know that my internet activity is being monitored, but I accept it, because in this day and age, you almost need to have internet access. But just because I accept it, doesn't mean that I have to like it.

At the very least, just let me know what is being recorded and who has access to these recordings.

Fireseed1874d ago

From what I've looked into (cause this bothers me as well) the only data Kinect can actually store is stuff like heart rate, joint orientation, and other non RGB video stuff. And it can't leave your Xbox unless you expressly give it permission to. Not that it will stop the NSA from obtaining it with a warrant.

ElementX1875d ago (Edited 1875d ago )

First of all MS stated that it's not recording anything the Kinect is listening for keywords such as Xbox On. If it were recording and sending information 24x7 you would notice an increased amount of network traffic.

MS also stated in an article that they will fight the NSA before allowing any sort of monitoring.

Garethvk1875d ago (Edited 1875d ago )

The odd thing is that they have reportedly already been working with the NSA to show them how to monitor Outlook and Windows and get around the safeguards and this was done without any court order and was given up freely by Microsoft.

and to a lesser extent.

They are denying it post article but the fact that the Xbox One is recording data goes back to my whole point. Why is it doing this, and who is seeing the data?

PSVita1875d ago (Edited 1875d ago )

What else would you expect them to say? They still need to sell the console and get them in homes. The NSA spy's on our own allies like Germany and our own citizens. Don't be stupid people they'll defiantly be using the Xbox one it's too easy not too. Honestly how else do you explain forcing kinect. The whole machine won't work without it. They programmed it like this! Don't forget that the 360 had a menu for kinect and a regular one. so why couldn't they do this now? Think people..

Cam9771874d ago (Edited 1874d ago )

Recently it was released that the NSA have a program that monitors everything you do on the internet so this isn't too far-fetched! It is probably true.

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