Microsoft vs Your Rights – Can they be Trusted?

Have you heard? Microsoft removed the DRM restrictions for the Xbox One! Gaming is saved and it’s okay to love Microsoft! They won’t try to violate our rights ever again! The internet won, right? Well, not exactly…

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n4rc3027d ago (Edited 3027d ago )

They weren't violating your rights to begin with. You didn't have to buy it, you had alternatives

Placing trust in any company is a risky move.. They all value money over you. But how far are they willing to go?

In the end .. This article is fear mongering at its finest..

Microsoft has stated they don't participate in mass information gathering for governments.. Just case by case as required by law..

Then the poster goes on to say they are lying because they allow to bypass encryption..

But naturally they assume that means mass collection when the obvious is to gain access to said case by case suspects..

Like anything..these People assume the worst and rarely let fact or common sense get in the way.

One random persons paranoid opinion isn't a fact

kingdip903027d ago

The assertion that the article writer is paranoid isn't fact either and the assertion that peoples concerns are paranoid doesn't add credence to that point of view. Some level of skepticism is a good thing and I didn't read anything to suggest that microsoft want to hurt you, just infringe on you a little for profit or because they were ordered to which isn't out of the realm of possibility for a big corporation

NewMonday3027d ago

MS gave the government the security keys, they can access private information anytime.

n4rc3027d ago

I don't argue they likely passively collect data to use for revenue.. But its anonymous data..

This stuff people are thinking is the NSA is watching you! They are tracking your heartbeat omfg!! Lol

That just isn't likely and there is nothing to support that.. Not to mention they just don't give a crap about you unless they feel you are a threat to national security..

They have access to tons of data.. But its only utilized during investigation of specific people..

That's the law.. Its the obvious scenario.. And its what these reports say..

Assuming there is more to it is paranoia by definition.

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kingdip903027d ago

@n4rc all the data mining microsoft can do with all of their screens as they call them (three screens one cloud) makes for insane advertising potential revenue wise for them... it seriously doesn't bother you? Watching commercials between your tv shows and being bombarded with more commercials just because you used x1 as a tv guide? They would be making money on a service they didn't even provide in thay scenario and at the cost of the consumers potentially limited monthly internet usage? You being screwed over for money like that seriously doesn't bother you?

Retroman3027d ago (Edited 3027d ago )

@ newmonday
if that was possible then Microsoft must be apart of the GLOBAL ELITE and NSA give out any data info.

pompombrum3027d ago (Edited 3027d ago )


Nothing to support that the NSA could be watching you? Have you lived under a rock for the last month? There is everything to support that they potentially could and would if they deemed it necessary. Will they? No, they have no reason to spy on me personally but the facts that have came out in the last few days has told me that seeing as I'm not American, if I bought an Xbox One, without so much as a court order, they can legally spy on me as they deem necessary and Microsoft will have to comply.

Do I trust Microsoft? Not really but I don't trust google either and have a Galaxy S4. After this whole privacy fiasco, I think it's about time Microsoft actually prove they care about their customers instead of some PR jerk off gesture that they want to be more transparent and just give people an option to completely disconnect their kinect device from their Xbox One.

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dedicatedtogamers3027d ago (Edited 3027d ago )

What's sad is that it took the Xbox One debacle to wake people up. Microsoft has been untrustworthy for quite a while. I would know: I've been gaming on their operating systems since MS-DOS. I also played on Xbox since buying my first Xbox back in 2002 until my 360 (yes, I once owned a 360) RRoD's in 2008.

Whether it was forcing certain graphics-card companies out of the market by mandating DirectX compatibility for most games, or trying to control PC gaming with GFWL, or being the first videogame company in history to charge for basic internet multiplayer across all games, or hiding other services (Hulu, Youtube, Netflix) behind their paywall, or forbidding third-party peripherals while charging an arm and a leg for their proprietary wi-fi antennas, hard drives, cable chargers, etc, or closing veteran studios like Flight, FASA, and Ensemble in favor of Kinect-focused studios, or all the recent stuff regarding spying on Skype users and partnering with the NSA...

I mean, people are just NOW wondering if Microsoft can be trusted? Ahahahah! Okay, I guess not everyone can "wake up" at the same time.

thehitman3027d ago

Actually xb1 had nothing to do w/ waking people up. It was Edward Snowden the person who committed treason and spreading all kinds of top secret document leaks potentially incriminating a lot of organizations and the government themselves.

adorie3027d ago (Edited 3027d ago )

I just want to put this here as a reminder for the Critical Thinkers and those who are still Asleep.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

"Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates."

WeaseL3027d ago

What Microsoft did was give the government a skeleton key to open anybody's door. So do you trust the government not to peek in your house even if you have nothing to hide.

ironwolf3027d ago

Yes they did give the government the key, as the law required them to, and as did Google, Yahoo, all the telephone companies (cell and landline) and every other company that sells network connected goods and services in the US.

jjb19813027d ago

You must be a Certified Microsoft Junior explorer....

jXales3027d ago

the thing people arent realizing is that the governments have productively removed those rights. Microsoft and the other companies didnt do anything illegal or violate your rights by doing what they did.

How else could an 18 year old boy get jailed for several months and is still in risk of a life sentence for saying a tasteless joke online about shooting up a school. Bad joke but months imprisonment impeding a court for a life sentence... That it even is possible to jail someone without a stronger basis is just wrong.

And if that is enough to get someone locked up and they have access to all your emails and chat sessions and logs. Its not too hard to imagine that the need be authorities if you EVER become a threat will be able to digg something up to lock you up...

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kingdip903027d ago

While I don't see x1 being tin foil hat levels of malicious the vision statement they released when their company reshuffle was explained clearly said that microsoft want to control all of you entertainment with pc, windows phone and xbox one. This means kinect will recognize your face, your bing searches will know your interests and you phones gps will know exactly where you are and when.

The vision statement also made clear that these three screens would share the same cloud so all that information would be stored in the same place. 300, 000 servers can sure hold plenty of data and I don't believe they said those perchased servers were exlusively for gaming people just assumed that.

So I'm my mind no in microsofts vision of a microsoft controlled entertainment environment you won't have any privacy but thays just data mining for advertisers and any government agencies that become interested in you

JBSleek3027d ago

What big corporation can you trust?

Dogteeth3027d ago


I'm kidding.

Remember when Sony got everyone's info stolen?

GentlemenRUs3027d ago


After they tried scamming me out of money which I did not owe them...

Dogteeth3027d ago

That's TOTALLY believable coming from such an unbiased, opened minded gamer like yourself.

Hicken3027d ago

"That's TOTALLY believable coming from such an unbiased, opened minded gamer like yourself."

Says a guy who's been decidedly backing Microsoft since he joined the site some 36 hours ago.

_FantasmA_3027d ago

If you have to ask, the answer is no.

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