Microsoft will “aggressively challenge” Kinect spying

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If there’s one thing that’s still making people a little wary of the Xbox One now that the online DRM has been removed, it’s that the console could potentially be used to spy on you. People are worried that the console and its connected Kinect would be a violation of privacy. Microsoft really, really, really wants you to know that that’s not the case.

Microsoft has now said that even if Kinect did record you all the time; and it doesn’t they say; but if it did, they would not give that information up to governments, and would “aggressively challenge” any attempts for that data.

“Absent a new law, we don’t believe the government has the legal authority to compel us or any other company that makes products with cameras and microphones to start collecting voice and video data,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge, regarding Kinect and privacy. “We’d aggressively challenge in court any attempts to try and force us to do so.”

They also re-iterated that there’d be a light on the device to let you know if it was recording anything, and that when it was off, it would only listen for the  “Xbox On” voice command. Of course, the claims that Microsoft would spy on you using a console are downright silly, considering just about any piece of modern tech – such as a cellphone, tablet, or particularly fancy fridge – has an embedded camera and microphone.

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Of course, the claims that Microsoft has given governments logs of Skype chats and video calls – even though those apparently aren’t recorded either – probably doesn’t help their case much. Honestly though, I really have no privacy fears regarding the Xbox One. If the NSA or any other government agency really, really wants pictures or videos of my playing games in my underwear then they can have them.

 

Last Updated: July 23, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

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