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Xbox One Kinect Spying Via NSA PRISM A Target Of ‘We Are Watching You Act Of 2013’

Xbox One Kinect Spying Via NSA PRISM A Target Of 'We Are Watching You Act Of 2013'

The Xbox One Kinect 2.0′s potential for spying is a target of a new Congressional bill called “We Are Watching You Act Of 2013″ due to privacy concerns.

And, no, I didn’t make that name up for the bill.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the announcement of the Xbox One $499 price point after all the other Microsoft stumbles had some critics claiming Sony has already won the latest console war with the PlayStation 4.

Now Microsoft has to deal with Congress if the “We Are Watching You Act Of 2013″ bill is passed by both the House and Senate. The Xbox One Kinect 2.0 is being touted as a main feature by Microsoft. Most of the basic functionality assumes the Xbox One Kinect is turned on all the time.

Microsoft responded to concerns over Xbox One Kinect spying several weeks ago:

“You will determine how responsive and personalized your Xbox One is to you and your family during setup. The system will navigate you through key privacy options, like automatic or manual sign in, privacy settings, and clear notifications about how data is used. When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded.”

With the “We Are Watching You Act Of 2013″ any Xbox One Kinect spying will pretty much be impossible (unless it’s sanctioned by Congress and the NSA). “We Are Watching You Act Of 2013″ will require the Xbox One Kinect, or any other camera-equipped device, to display the message “We are watching you” whenever viewers are being monitored for any reason. The bill would also require devices like the Xbox One Kinect to provide a camera or Kinect-free user experience. If the Xbox One Kinect collects any data this info must be displayed on-screen.

Even other governments are concerned about Xbox One Kinect spying after the NSA PRISM scandal. Germany’s Federal Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar says the Xbox One collects all sorts of personal information:

“The Xbox [One] registered all sorts of personal information about me. Reaction rates, my learning or emotional states. You are then processed on a remote server and possibly even to third parties. Whether it be deleted ever, the person concerned cannot influence.”

The NSA PRISM spying program supposedly includes Microsoft. But no one knows for sure if the NSA had plans to turn the Xbox One into a “NSABox.”

Do you think the “We Are Watching You Act Of 2013″ bill’s limitations on potential Xbox One Kinect spying are reasonable?

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16 Responses to “Xbox One Kinect Spying Via NSA PRISM A Target Of ‘We Are Watching You Act Of 2013’”

  1. Dexter Rivens

    I think the people who actually feel the Kinect2 is a focus for the NSA are thoughts as illogical as little green men.

    Clearly if this was the intent, the NSA would be able to gather far more information from smart phones and laptops. Less than 5% of the total US unknown population would have this console. In comparison a smart phone that already sends data to cloud based services would be more practical in this conspiracy theory.

    In short, people who have this mental belief of the Kinect 2 should not own or operate cell phones, web cams, stay away from shopping malls, sporting events are public businesses.

    Reality is either we are being watched by many devices already or some companies seek to use media propaganda to sway sales away from M$ but to Sony (a company who hasn't updated their privacy stance for the Playstation since 2011. M$ was updated in May 2013 and also is very transparent about data collection on current and future hardware. Sony doesn't bother to share anything

  2. Anonymous

    With our Government trying to blame all these mass shootings on Gamers and Games, don't you think its a little funny that the new Xbox has a camera and mic that are required to be connected at all times? Just think about it.

  3. Anonymous

    With our Government trying to blame all these mass shootings on Gamers and Games, don't you think its a little funny that the new Xbox has a camera and mic that are required to be connected at all times? Just think about it.

  4. Anonymous

    It's simple. If you don't want to be spied on by kinect then don't buy an xbox (d)one and send micro$oft the message that we value our privacy and won't play victim to their greed.

  5. David Guidry

    I jst want mi privacy protected I keep mi Xbox in mi bedroom the last thing I want is someone collectin any data on me in anyway shape or form no matter what they think the reasons for havin that type of power its dead fuckin wrong

  6. Josh Perkins

    That's bull they need to respect privacy, what about the constitution people

  7. Julian Froeschner

    Don't get too worried. Just from what I gathered by reading your comment, I doubt that you have any "learning states" that the X1 could record.

  8. Joel Taft

    Julian Froeschner He has a valid point. Bad grammar and spelling aside.

    They shouldn't have that power to do what they are trying to do, and that's gather video and audio for "marketing purposes". Its written right in the terms of service and you have to accept it in order to use the service. Give up your right to privacy or don't use the 500 dollar machine you paid for… Awesome!/sarcasm.

    In the age of the smart phone you think people would be a bit more forgiving on grammar and look at the argument that is being made. I might have some mistakes in this and because the screen I type on is so small, and heaven forbid I try to read it without it deleting the whole message. So if there are any… Deal with it!

  9. Joel Taft

    Read the terms of service and see what they reserve the right to do and then say its little green men. They reserve the right to "Monitor communications." Your Skype or any audio collected can be used for marketing purposes. This isn't tin foil hat people claiming conspiracy its right in the terms of service. You just have to read it… Also Microsoft has now admitted to the kinect being able to be monitored if the government required it.

    Doesn't matter if they are, or not. You have essentially bugged your home yourself and waived your right to privacy with a terms of service. The fear of it being abused is a legitimate concern.