The recent release of the Oculus Rift has raised a few privacy concerns. Folks have done some digging and found that the device runs alongside a service that “phones home,” sharing your usage habits with the Facebook-owned VR purveyor.
It’s not cos they’re spying on you, but rather using it for “marketing purposes.”
“We use the information we collect to send you promotional messages and content and otherwise market to you on and off our Services,” the Oculus Rift policy states. “We also use this information to measure how users respond to our marketing efforts.”
The service has full system permissions, so it’s worth keeping an eye on – prompting some to worry about what sort of data is been sent back and forth.
Oculus says that you shouldn’t worry about the company sharing your dirty little secrets with Facebook.
“Facebook owns Oculus and helps run some Oculus services, such as elements of our infrastructure,” Oculus told UploadVR in an email, “but we’re not sharing information with Facebook at this time. We don’t have advertising yet and Facebook is not using Oculus data for advertising .”
“Yet.” That’s an important word, I think.
Last Updated: April 7, 2016
April 7, 2016 at 14:35
I think our browsers collect as much, if not more data than that. I don’t know if it’s going to change, but yeah – as always. If you’re afraid of getting caught, don’t do it. If you’re worried about your personal data getting shared, don’t put it in public spaces. Be smart, be aware. Companies will collect and share, whether you like it or not. Occulus isn’t the first and it won’t be the last.
Also, yes. “Yet” is a very important word.
April 7, 2016 at 14:39
Oh this picture. Scary isn’t it.