Microsoft: Xbox One's Kinect to have privacy options

Microsoft's Xbox One console will come with a new and more advanced version of its Kinect sensor, which is required to be plugged into the console for the Xbox One to work. However, many people have voiced concerns that the Xbox One's hardware might be set up so that the Kinect device could be used to spy on users, even if the console itself was not being used.

Now Microsoft is trying to calm the fears of those folks. Kotaku reports that, according to a Microsoft spokesperson, the new Kinect hardware that will come with the Xbox One will have "simple, easy methods to customize privacy settings." Microsoft also says it will provide full information on how data that is collected by the Kinect will be stored, used and shared by the company.

The spokesperson added:

We know our customers want and expect strong privacy protections to be built into our products, devices and services, and for companies to be responsible stewards of their data. Microsoft has more than ten years of experience making privacy a top priority. Kinect for Xbox 360 was designed and built with strong privacy protections in place and the new Kinect will continue this commitment. We’ll share more details later.

For those owners who want full privacy protection from the Xbox One, Microsoft also confirms it will have what should be a pretty obvious feature. The console and the Kinect hardware can be turned completely off, using no power.

Source: Kotaku | Image via Microsoft

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paranoid much? I hope that guy doesnt have a laptop as someone could hack into the inbuilt webcam/mic. Hope he doesnt have a phone as well, someone could hack into the camera/mic there and even his calls

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Care to use a non flaming-nut website as a source?

Well you are free to take or not seriously the conspiracies treated by this website.
Anyways, it's true that there's more and more spying/surveillance on the US/ world, thanks to the new technologies.

Did anybody with a brain truly think MS would release this w/o having some way of disabling the features if you want? All of this surveillance crap is just so childish.

MrHumpty said,
Did anybody with a brain truly think MS would release this w/o having some way of disabling the features if you want? All of this surveillance crap is just so childish.

In any case, good PR move to get this info out to the public.

MrHumpty said,
Did anybody with a brain truly think MS would release this w/o having some way of disabling the features if you want? All of this surveillance crap is just so childish.

MS has shared information of his customers (without any trial) so many times that i don't know what MS is capable for.

CSharp. said,
In any case, good PR move to get this info out to the public.
I agree. But MS shows a preview of Tech and the entire world starts making wild assumptions about how it can be abused. It's childish.

Brony said,
MS has shared information of his customers (without any trial) so many times that i don't know what MS is capable for.
I'm going to go ahead and assume that english isn't your first language so I may get what you're trying to say wrong.

I could be wrong, but I'd love to see an article pointing to MS taking personal information of its customers and distributing that w/o that customer's express permission. Generalized statistcal information, absolutely. Everybody does that because it has value and violates not privacy. But identifiable personal information, I can't imagine in the past decade + that has happened.

Brony said,

MS has shared information of his customers (without any trial) so many times that i don't know what MS is capable for.

I've actually been involved in a lawsuit where Bing was asked for a customer's searches, and Microsoft wouldn't give it up without the customer's consent or a court order.

First why would they care about listening to people's boring conversations in their home and how would they even pull it off. They would have to hire millions of people to sit and listen to them all day and for what? They could certainly never keep such a thing secret and the outrage would be incredible, not to mention that Microsoft isn't affiliated with the government. The whole tinfoil hat notion of them using Xboxes to spy on people is just ridiculously crazy.

TRC said,
They would have to hire millions of people to sit and listen to them all day and for what? .

With the processing power of computer, they could filter irrelevant conversations.
And they won't have to listen to everyone, just when they find someone suspicious.

Can you imagine the logistical nightmare that will be Call of Duty? The constant swearing, profanity, threats, etc? "I'm gonna kill you!" "You're gonna die!" "BOOM HEADSHOT" "I need C4!" "Lets bomb this, lets bomb that!"

Yeah good luck sorting all of that out.

TRC said,
First why would they care about listening to people's boring conversations in their home and how would they even pull it off. They would have to hire millions of people to sit and listen to them all day and for what? They could certainly never keep such a thing secret and the outrage would be incredible, not to mention that Microsoft isn't affiliated with the government. The whole tinfoil hat notion of them using Xboxes to spy on people is just ridiculously crazy.

They can filter it. And recognition software is amazing today.

But its the same bogus when Vista came with the statistics tracking (optional). That Microsoft was spying on everything what you did. While they didn't.

Besides how are they going to hide it, it will cause a lot of network traffic, and if MS somehow sends dozens the times of traffic then it should be, it will be easily found.

Is amazing how MS clarifies nothing and later they claim it as a fact.

About the xbox one, MS is just avoiding the bullets about the topics of "used games" and "privacy".

Brony said,
Is amazing how MS clarifies nothing and later they claim it as a fact.

About the xbox one, MS is just avoiding the bullets about the topics of "used games" and "privacy".

Have we been reading the same internets?

People are definitely worried about those. I put electrical tape over all my cameras and microphones and never have a camera or mic plugged in permanently to my workstation.

You must be new to the conspiracy crew.

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