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Are We Overreacting When It Comes to Next-Gen Privacy?

CCC Says: "“I always feel like…somebody’s watchin’ me…and I have no privacy.” – Rockwell
It’s finally happened. We’ve become so scared of the unknown that we’ve stopped looking under our beds or in our closets and started finding the boogie man jumping right out of our very own gaming consoles."

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AgentSmithPS41084d ago

A young gamer in texas was arrested for terrorism when he made a sarcastic "threat" after someone called him crazy after a league of legends game.

http://www.change.org/petit...

Apparently he was attacked a few times in jail and put in solitary. Who knows if he was raped but it's insane that he was put in there in the first place.

If Next-Gen consoles are watching and listening maybe you'll be getting a knock on the door next. People with power will abuse it.

byeGollum1084d ago (Edited 1084d ago )

Yes. Majority are exaggerating out of spite.

thebudgetgamer1084d ago

Somewhat, it is funny when Microsoft says things like, Kinect will not record any data. Then say it will they will only use data if you allow it.

coopman3001084d ago

Most decidedly yes. Honestly what deep dark secrets could they find out from a gaming console. The kinect thing is a non issue. Not only does ms make your privacy a priority they sued the fed. govt. to ensure more privacy for their customers. If you're that paranoid then why are you even on the internet right now, go live in the mountains somewhere.

Hicken1084d ago

They sued, but they gave the NSA keys into their programs?

Sounds legit.

coopman3001084d ago

Only when required by law to do so, the same as every other US based company. Again, if you want total privacy cut yourself off from every internet connected device.

DragonKnight1084d ago

Are you insane? MS makes your privacy such a priority that they spy on Skype conversations, they hand over emails, they built in back doors into Windows programs, and they admitted that their camera can and will record data. Yeah, MS is REEEEEEAAALLLL trustworthy.

Hicken1083d ago

Do you know why Microsoft's involvement in PRISM was a big deal?

Because they VOLUNTEERED.

And this on the heels of introducing a console with a mandatory internet connection, with a mandatory camera capable of facial and voice recognition and even reading biometric data like heart rates and such; and that on the heels of it being discovered that Microsoft was spying on its Skype users.

There's all this "if you're so paranoid, don't use phones, get off the grid," and so on, but some things are, unfortunately, more necessary than others. An internet-connected phone is all but a necessity these days; obviously, the internet is also a necessity.

An internet-dependent video game console with a personal data-collecting camera is NOT a necessity.

Thinking that a company with a track record that looks like Microsoft's when it comes to privacy MAY do something less than altruistic with your personal data isn't paranoid. Not wanting them or anyone else to have easy access to your living room isn't paranoia, it's not having deep dark secrets.

Would you want some random person peeking in at you through the windows of your house whenever they wanted? Of course not. That's why you have curtains and blinds. But if you've got nothing to hide, then why don't you get rid of those, and just let whoever wants to look take a peek at your life?

Somehow, I get the feeling you're not okay with that.

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