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Xbox One Stores Facial Data Locally; Will Not Upload to Cloud

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Microsoft continues to assure the masses that the Xbox One is not a threat to their privacy. The latest concerns risen are regarding the Kinect’s camera where users fear it will upload facial scans on to the cloud where it might perhaps be accessed by third-parties.

Posting on NeoGAF, Microsoft’s director of product planning Albert Penello said that this scenario won’t happen. The Xbox One will not upload any sort of personal data on to the cloud and that any data collected will remain in the console locally. He also added that the next-gen console is not designed with advertising functionality in mind.

The Xbox One features the ability to automatically recognize a user’s face and log them in directly. In a previous interview Penello suggested some more “cool features” where Microsoft would store the data in the cloud. Hence enabling users to log into their accounts from say a friend’s house. However, “for privacy reasons, your facial data doesn’t leave the console,” he said.

“I’ll say this–we take a lot of heat around stuff we’ve done and I can roll with it,” Penello said. “Some of it is deserved. But preventing Kinect from being used inappropriately is something the team takes very seriously.”

Previously, Microsoft has also stated that the console will always ask the user for permission before sharing any sort of personal data. The Kinect camera remains on standby in order to log in users but will not be recording or capturing data.

The Xbox One launches on November 22, 2013 for $499 in North America.