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Polygon - Our game consoles are likely spying on us, and this is business as usual.
The privacy concerns with the Kinect were explored before it was released, and Microsoft has detailed what sort of information the Kinect collects and keeps. On the other hand, intelligence isnít effective if the targets know how the data is collected. Few will be naÔve enough to think that Microsoft's assurances are the entirety of the story, and I would argue that itís not only not surprising the Kinect is seen as a good to collect intelligence, but likely that itís already in use for those purposes.

On the other hand, there's little you can do to protect yourself against this form of government-sanctioned invasion. You can remove the Kinect from your home theater, and you can opt not to add the camera to your PlayStation 4, but itís not like our cell phones arenít already wonderful devices with cameras, microphones and tracking devices that we carry with us at all times. If the government wants this information theyíre going to get it, no matter what we do with our gaming consoles.

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