“Possible privacy violations by Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One have come under new scrutiny since it was revealed Thursday that the tech giant was a crucial partner in an expansive Internet surveillance program conducted by the National Security Agency and involving Silicon Valley’s biggest players,” William Green writes for The Daily Caller.
“One of the console’s key features is the full integration of the Kinect, a motion sensing camera that allows users to play games, scroll through menus, and generally operate the Xbox just using hand gestures,” Green writes. “What Microsoft has not promoted, however, is the fact that you will not be able to power on the console without first enabling the Kinect, designed to detect both heartbeats and eye movement. and positioning yourself in front of it.”
Green writes, “Perhaps the feature most worryisome to privacy advocates is the requirement that the Xbox connect to the Internet at least once every 24 hours.”
“Many critics have asserted that Microsoft will follow the lead of other Silicon Valley companies and use their console to gather data about its users, particularly through the Kinect, and collect it through the online connection users can’t avoid,” Green writes.
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Anyone who even thinks of covering the telescreen will be subject to immediate arrest and imprisonment.
Your worst enemy [is] your nervous system. At any moment the tension inside you [is] liable to translate itself into some visible symptom… Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death… War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. – George Orwell, 1984
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Roberto” for the heads up.]