Poll: Will the Gov’t Use Microsoft’s Kinect To Spy On Xbox One Owners?

July 17, 2013 -

Does the Xbox One Kinect camera make you nervous?  Sure, the console is switched off but the Kinect is still listening, isn't it?  And the Xbox One is connected to the internet.  Oh sure, Microsoft says it won't violate your privacy or share info without your consent but do you trust the big M to keep its word?

How about the US government?  Even if MS has the best of intentions, do you think the NSA, FBI or other agency might try to compel Microsoft to give them access to the Kinect so they can see what you're doing or listen to what you're saying?

Are aliens among us?  Was the Apollo moon landing faked?  Is Shigeru Miyamoto having an affair with Carly Rae Jepsen?

Sorry.  Ignore that last paragraph.  This week's poll asks if you think the US government is going to try to use the Xbox One Kinect to spy on its citizens.  If you think it'll try, do you think Microsoft will acquiesce?  Is spying through the Kinect even technologically possible?  Would tinfoil hats help?  Am I being paranoid?  Do you even care if anyone's watching what you do in your home?

Microsoft says it wants to be the center of our living rooms but what if the console is in your bedroom?  Remember, the Kinect can see in the dark...

Sorry.  Ignore that last paragraph.  Vote in the poll and fill the comments with your opinions and theories.  Send us an email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com if you like.  This weekend, EZK and I will tackle this subject and discuss your thoughts as we record the next episode of the podcast.

Then we will give our recording to James who will edit our files into the show you all know and love.  And then he will post it.  And then you will listen to it.  And the you will comment on it.  And then EZK and I will argue with you.  And then you'll give us sass.  And then I'll ban you.  And then Hal Halpin will fly out to San Diego and sick his Saint Bernard/Pomeranian mix on me.  Then I'll flee to the ocean where I'll escape on my noble manatee steed.  His name is Phil.

Sorry.  Ignore that last paragraph.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: Will the Gov’t Use Microsoft’s Kinect To Spy On ...

People this is why Edward Snowden is on the run right now! Because he brought proof and exposed the Obama / NSA spying program that the President had to come out to tell us to stop worrying and that it's okay for them to do this.

Re: Poll: Will the Gov’t Use Microsoft’s Kinect To Spy On ...

I remember when people got called paranoid conspiracy theory nuts when they said OnStar would sell your information to the government.  Then OnStar got busted for doing just that.    

Re: Poll: Will the Gov’t Use Microsoft’s Kinect To Spy On ...

I don't see a problem with Kinect 2.0 as long as they don't spy on people but, I'm still leery after the skype Spying Debacle

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Poll: Will the Gov’t Use Microsoft’s Kinect To Spy On ...

I'd like to be able to say no, but in light of how things are these days I'm sure there's a department somewhere that is tasked to see if it's at least feasible for them to try, whether or not they do anything with the findings.

Re: Poll: Will the Gov’t Use Microsoft’s Kinect To Spy On ...

I suspect some security consultant company will get a few PMs really excited at the idea, but nothing that actually works will ever see the light of day.

Re: Poll: Will the Gov’t Use Microsoft’s Kinect To Spy On ...

Basically this. There are so many better methods, both in the practicality sense and the "can provide more detailed information" sense.

Re: Poll: Will the Gov’t Use Microsoft’s Kinect To Spy On ...

Either the Microsoft can natively use Kinect will be able to spy on you, or someone will hack the Kinect remotely and THEN be able to spy on you.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Poll: Will the Gov’t Use Microsoft’s Kinect To Spy On ...

absolutly. they will atleast try. I mean look at the data they take from skype?

 
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