With the revelation that the Xbox One will have a mandatory Kinect that will always be monitoring you adolescent gamers everywhere started to panic. And while we joke that people are going to be caught doing something private the fact that a camera is on and monitoring your lounge at all times is a serious invasion of privacy for most people.
I for one am totally uncomfortable being in photo’s never mind being the star of my own peeping camera show. But it looks like these privacy concerns are possibly being overblown.
A spokesperson for Microsoft has confirmed to Kotaku that the Kinect can be turned off entirely
“It is not always watching or always listening,”
“Yes, you can turn the system completely off,this would use no power and turn everything off. We’ll share more details about how it all works later.”
It wasn’t revealed if this brand new feature involved turning it off at the wall or not but Microsoft promises us that it is taking our privacy concerns seriously and that we won’t be disappointed. And I honestly believe them.
Out of all the large corporations it’s only Microsoft that hasn’t let me down on that front.
Facebook.. well it’s Facebook and gets it wrong all the time. Google Chrome stored my servers password in the cloud somewhere which really freaked me out. I signed into Chrome on a brand new computer and went to the backend of this server and the login box was completed for me. I just had to click login. PlayStation… well they lost everyone’s details a little while back didn’t they? Apple sends me a constant stream of annoying emails and I’m utterly convinced banks in South Africa earn a second income from selling my private details to everyone who’s willing to buy them.
So yes, if I’m going to give Microsoft anything it’s that they have never let me down in regards to privacy.
Last Updated: May 30, 2013