The new XBOX console will come with a required-for-operation 1080p camera with IR tracking and microphone *UPDATE 2*Submitted by CarCrashClutter on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:49
Germany's Federal Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar has basically called the device surveillance equipment.
Microsoft's Chinese Skype client uses a list of keywords to save information on conversations that may be suspected as anti-government. They absolutely are capable of doing the very same thing here, and I fully expect them to.
This couldn't possibly be more Orwellian. For those of you who aren't up on video gaming, Microsoft's new game console that's set to release this holiday season was revealed yesterday. Called the "XBOX One", it promises to deliver better graphics, better social networking and better media interactivity. It's also going to endanger our privacy like never before.
The current Microsoft game console, the XBOX 360, has an optional peripheral called the Kinect. Its internal 640x480 camera and microphone allows it to track movement for use with motion gaming and lets you operate aspects of games and media playback with voice commands. It can also be turned off, unplugged, not even used.
The XBOX One comes with an upgraded version. It too has a microphone and a camera, only this one is full 1080p. It can also track infrared with sensitivity so high, it's able to get a good guess on your heartrate by how flush your face is.
The article at the botton says that the camera can be disabled. I can disable the GPS in my cell phone, that doesn't stop someone else from enabling it, or even turning my phone on to track me. The cell companies have this capability. The XBOX One requires that the Kinect be connected to operate.
The system falls short of requiring it always be online, but the level of connectivity they're aiming for practically requires that it does.
Under the guise of fun, we're being peddled a literal window into our living rooms. The government already has no problem accessing our communications without warrant or probable cause, this device will absolutely be no different. People will be arrested for saying things within their own walls, investigated for badmouthing the government on their own couches.
On to the article.
Some things you take for granted, like the fact that in Star Trek, there’s a computer that’s always listening, always observing, always standing by cataloging data. Who owns that data? Where’s it stored? Who determines how it’s used? Who knows. The shows chose to slide by those questions and focus on others. The holodeck was creepy because, whoops, maybe you’d get trapped, or addicted, or its fictional denizens might inexplicably come to life, not because the computer was collating and archiving everything you did, whether hiking a simulation of the Appalachian trail or indulging some crazy erotic fantasy.
Microsoft’s Xbox One won’t surround you with holographic fir trees, azaleas and mountain laurels, nor, as far as I know, will it dish out interactive porn. But it is going to be listening — and capturing data, and transmitting that data back to Microsoft — in ways no device in your household has ever listened to or observed you before.
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