Microsoft Responds To Xbox One Privacy Concerns

By   /   Jun 7, 2013

Earlier this month, Germany’s federal data protection commissioner, Peter Shaar, called out Xbox One’s privacy issues. And called it just like a ‘Monitoring Device’. Pretty soon after the unveiling of their new console,

Microsoft began to gather hatred from many of their consumers because of always watching Kinect 2.0.

However, people at Microsoft are striving hard to make consumers believe that the new console will NOT violate customer’s privacy at all! Today, Microsoft revealed how exactly all these will work and everything.

Just like Xbox 360, the initial setup will require users to fill-in information related to themselves, change their privacy settings and ask their permission, whether they would like to turn on the automatic sign-in process or not.

It’s just like having a brief chatter with your console regarding your preferences.

“When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded”, website reads.

Furthermore, users will be able to turn-off or stand-by Kinect while playing a video game or watching television, etc. But it WILL require turning-on to perform some specific tasks. Users will also be able to switch off the voice commands if they wish.

“If you don’t want the Kinect sensor on while playing games or enjoying your entertainment, you can pause Kinect. To turn off your Xbox One, just say ‘Xbox Off’. When the system is off, it’s only listening for the single voice command–‘Xbox On’, and you can even turn that feature off, too. Some apps and games may require Kinect functionality to operate, so you’ll need to turn it back on for these experiences.”

Microsoft also provided with a few examples of how the camera system of Kinect 2.0 works. For once, Kinect will use your personal information such as heartbeat or burnt calories in the fitness menu. Or users could fool out other opponents while playing a game with false face expressions.

But in the end, it’s all up to users what information to share.

“You can play games or enjoy applications that use data, such as videos, photos, facial expressions, heart rate, and more, but this data will not leave your Xbox One without your explicit permission.”

And at last, while the Kinect is in rest phase, a user can fully operate his/her console with a remote controller or any mobile device compatible with the console. Although, using voice commands through Kinect is a faster way.

“While it’s faster to find what you’re looking for using your voice and gesture commands with Kinect, you can use a controller, your remote controls, or your smart devices instead. And you can use all of these devices when Kinect is paused.”

What do you think of the Microsoft’s plans of securing users’ privacy? Do they need to add some extra stuff? Do let us know in the Comment Section below!

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