Polygon - Our game consoles are likely spying on us, and this is business as
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.