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.