Xbox One Kinect is a 'monitoring device,' German data commissioner says

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2 years ago#1
http://joystiq.com/2013/05/28/xbox-one-kinect-is-a-monitoring-device-german-data-commission/

Germany's federal commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, Peter Schaar, expressed concern over the Xbox One's Kinect functionality, calling it a "monitoring device" over which the player (or bystander) has little control.

"Under the heading, 'game device,' Microsoft pushes a monitoring device in the market," Schaar told Spiegel, translated by Google Translate. "The Xbox continuously records all sorts of personal information about me: reaction rates, my learning or emotional states. These are then processed on an external server, and possibly even passed on to third parties. Whether they will ever deleted, the person can not influence."

The Xbox One's Kinect is always on as long as it's plugged in, listening for specific commands to wake up the entire system. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Phil Harrison responded to earlier privacy concerns presented by Eurogamer by calling Microsoft a "leader in the world of privacy."

"We aren't using Kinect to snoop on anybody at all," Harrison said. "We listen for the word 'Xbox on' and then switch on the machine, but we don't transmit personal data in any way, shape or form that could be personally identifiable to you, unless you explicitly opt into that."



Scary....
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2 years ago#2
I CALLED IT! I KNEW THAT THING IS PROBABY GONNA GET B& IN GERMANY!

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2 years ago#3
i see germany and USA have traded places since the 1940s.
2 years ago#4
I don't think I can trust MS on this one.
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2 years ago#5
kayoticdreamz posted...
i see germany and USA have traded places since the 1940s.


If it was the 40s USA would be getting contracts with MS so they can use the monitoring software.
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2 years ago#6
Good call Germany.

Now stop bailing out fiscally irresponsable nations who resent you for it and we can call it even for your world war.

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2 years ago#7
reptyle101 posted...
kayoticdreamz posted...
i see germany and USA have traded places since the 1940s.


If it was the 40s USA would be getting contracts with MS so they can use the monitoring software.


and the people would of said hell no unlike now the people are like "NFL DEAD COD DEAL? to hell with privacy i needz mai NFL"
2 years ago#8
"We aren't using Kinect to snoop on anybody at all," Harrison said. "We listen for the word 'Xbox on' and then switch on the machine, but we don't transmit personal data in any way, shape or form that could be personally identifiable to you, unless you explicitly opt into that."

"We listen for the word 'Xbox on' and then switch on the machine"

"We listen"

"WE LISTEN"

So basically what they're saying right there is they have actual people monitoring each and every person, just waiting for their kinect to hear those words.

Somehow, I don't think they actually have a person assigned to each individual Xbone owner but the way they worded it, it sounds like they do lol.
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2 years ago#9
40s americans would have been happy to oblige (it's pretty much what was going on already anyway). Anyone could be a dirty communist, can't risk someone close being one of them.
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2 years ago#10
"We aren't using Kinect to snoop on anybody at all," Harrison said. "We listen for the word 'Xbox on' and then switch on the machine, but we don't transmit personal data in any way, shape or form that could be personally identifiable to you, unless you explicitly opt into that."

Translation: they will have a ToS that you have to agree to before using the system that opts in to it.
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