Microsoft Says It Will “Aggressively Challenge” Any Gov’t Attempt To Spy Through Kinect

Microsoft Says It Will “Aggressively Challenge” Any Gov’t Attempt To Spy Through Kinect

After the massive leak by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government, via the NSA and CIA, received user data from Microsoft’s services like Skype, Outlook, Hotmail and others, giving these government firms unprecedented access to people’s personal information, including Skype video calls, the Redmond, Washington company is trying its utmost best to rain in the controversy – especially with gamers where Kinect is concern, telling The Verge (via OXM) that it would “aggressively challenge” any government attempt to spy through Kinect, a peripheral that comes bundled with Xbox One,  and is mandatory. This means the console won’t work without Kinect connected.

Absent a new law, we don’t believe the government has the legal authority to compel us or any other company that makes products with cameras and microphones to start collecting voice and video data. And we’d aggressively challenge in court any attempts to try and force us to do so.

The question here is, after MS gave the government so much access as to even creating a backdoor in outlook where the NSA could easily gain access, do you trust them?

I certainly don’t, and it’s the main reason I won’t be getting Xbox One. I am seriously concerned about a device that’s forever looking at me, my wife and family – and our every move. Sorry, I just can’t get around that.

Drop Kinect, MS, and then we can talk.

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  • rpatricky

    But they will provide any other information they want. That is all.

  • dink

    I have been wondering what the connect device is actually needed for (on the Xbox One)?

    I’m certainly not interested in waving my arms about or speaking to it to control it.

    What if the camera were disconnected or the lens covered, and the same with the microphone? As far as I know, those two things are the only sensors on it. Does it have more? If so, what, and what are they used for?

    I will never, EVER, trust or believe any companies policies because they are always subject to change at any time and out of our control.

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