Submitted by killyourfm 898d ago | news

The US Government wants to spy on your Xbox 360

HardwareLust: It’s more than just wishful thinking on the government’s behalf. Obscure Technologies has been granted $177,250 to develop “hardware and software tools that can be used for extracting data from video-game systems.” It would even extend into the used market. (Industry, Xbox 360)

M-M  +   898d ago
ziggurcat  +   898d ago
a_bro  +   898d ago
i cant wait to fap right on the kinect while the FBI is watching though it.
Starbucks_Fan  +   898d ago
Good I can't wait to flip off those stupid ass fools.
Ashunderfire86  +   898d ago
Why am I not surprised? LOL!!!! Did you guys know that NSA is building the nation's biggest Spy Center in Utah? Talk about big brother!!!! To make matter worst they are using our taxes to build all these secret projects, and they claim we have no right to know? To hell yes we have a right to know!!! I am not surprised at all. The only way people will take this seriously, if it all effects their families and friends.

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Tai_Kaliso  +   898d ago
I like how the title states Xbox 360, but in the actual article it says.

"Government researchers have said they’re interested in the potential consoles like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have in aiding law enforcement efforts."

Just for those paranoid Xbox 360 owners, there is an option to turn OFF data collection on your Kinect. Its quite simple and then you don't have to worry about "The Man" spying on you.....
Ashunderfire86  +   898d ago
Is it really that simple lol!!! You don't know if they have a hidden tracker to track your data without your permission. Say if your were actually a terrorist or some 40 year old pedophile, and you turn off the data collection on your kinect, then what's stopping our government from finding a hidden way to track you? Nothing!!!! Our government can do many things behind the scenes. Heck they can probably listen to you even when your phone is off LOL!!! This government also likes to hide things in plain site, that is also a known fact.
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Tai_Kaliso  +   897d ago
For one thing, I'm not paranoid. There are 20 million Kinect's hooked up in the world and I cant begin to imagine the size of the crew needed to spy on people.

This article isn't even about spying or anything like that. I'd imagine things would get pretty boring for someone trying to see what someone was up to through a Kinect or PS Eye.
Ashunderfire86  +   897d ago
@ Tai_Kaliso

"There are 20 million Kinect's hooked up in the world and I cant begin to imagine the size of the crew needed to spy on people."

Dude check my first comment above and read the NSA Spy Center link, and see why I have 3 agrees. If you think our government is not capable of spying on millions of people, than you don't know the government. That NSA Spy Center they are building in Utah is enough to keep track of 20 million Kinects!!!
Parapraxis  +   898d ago
$177,250....wow, good luck with that.
And how much would it cost to get MS to allow this intrusive action with their hardware, I'm betting way too much, especially considering the potential lawsuits and loss of sales.
BTW, there is no mention of Kinect or PSeye in any of these sources.
The content is not recorded.
This would be a forensics based program, not a monitoring one, and likely just fall into the realm of computer retrieval from alleged criminals (ie: HDD information retrieval to prove child pornography possesion charges)

I think if you had a kid preyed upon by a potential pedophile you'd gladly turn their 360/PS3 over if you believe that this was the means by which the crime was committed.
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Megaton  +   898d ago
The US government wants to spy on your everything.
nikrel  +   898d ago
Get over it. If you think the gov isn't spying you are not using your brain... You think ISP do not release information again use your brain. Nothing is private in this day in age.

If you are doing nothing wrong then why worry about it.

This government issue is nothing to fret.
nikrel  +   898d ago
Disagree all you want there is one thing we should agree on. This is going to happen no matter what we do.

Accept and move on.
Hicken  +   898d ago
... so, essentially, you're fine with the govt. being able to spy on you whenever they want, without reason?

I'm about as straight-laced as they come, and I've no love for this. The only thing I do wrong is go faster than the speed limit, and my PS3 can't tell them I'm doing that. Still, I don't want anyone having access to any of my information when they shouldn't. And I don't want them having anyone else's info, either.

Even you, as blind as you are to reality- that WE give our government authority, either by action, or by inaction- I don't want your privacy imposed upon by an overzealous government.

Before saying things like "Get over it," you should probably know and understand the law, your rights, and other such things.
vikingland1  +   898d ago
It's still wrong to do. I don't want to hear " if your doing nothing wrong you have nothing to worry about" It's that they the Government is saying you are guilty without due process.
GamingPerson  +   898d ago
pc <3 were people hack the gov..
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J_Cob  +   898d ago
Once the huge spy center is built it'll be able to bypass anything.

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LOL_WUT  +   898d ago
The US Government wants to spy on your Xbox 360
Sh** just got real.
vortis  +   897d ago
Ugh, is there nothing sacred these days?
southernbanana  +   897d ago
I'm not sure why this bothers people. The truth is if the government (any government) wants to track your data you would never know anyway. Law or not. Besides it's not like this would be used to track law abiding citizens. It is specifically meant to monitor criminals and extract evidence. Since I do not think I violate the law in any way, I could care less if for some weird reason I was being monitored. Heck, look at big names like Apple and Google. These companies have been caught several times collecting peoples data, several times illegally. The only reason I didn't mention Microsoft is because they haven't been caught doing it illegally (yet). Heck, even Sony was caught installing root kits on peoples computers a few years back. The only reason it was caught quickly was because an employee opened their mouth. This might seem crazy to some people, but I would trust the government with my data before I would trust any tech company. Obviously I would rather my data remain for my eyes only, but what laws am I breaking anyway......
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Kyosuke_Sanada  +   897d ago
Dude all because big companies are doing the same things seen or unseen it doesn't make it right and adding this with the "Indefinite Detention Bill" is going to pave the way for America to be just like the enemies they are fighting against.

You don't have to do anything wrong, the government just have to assume you did and seeing that they want an eye in every corner, the line between a terrorist and someone exercising free speech is going to get real blurry.....
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