We reported previously how people are concerned about the Kinect Camera for Xbox One and to what extent could they expect it to respect their privacy. Well, here’s the word from lions mouth: a privacy statement update on Microsoft details just how much of their personal information is secured.
The highlights are, the information regarding your face and body will stay private, certain data will be collected and chatting on Xbox Live will lack privacy.
Kinect is supposed to scan your face and store numeric values regarding it in order to allow facial recognition, but they have promised it will stay private from everyone. The post reads:
“The camera can be used to sign you into the Services on the console using facial recognition technology if you choose. To do this it measures distances between key points on your face to create a numeric value that represents only you. This value is stored as a very long set of numbers.”
When Kinect maps your body to aid in a game, the privacy statement states, the information will be stored onlt temporarily and “destroyed” as soon after the session ends, the only use they will make of the data is to “improve the gaming experience.”
“The numeric values sent to Microsoft are destroyed after analysis is complete. The stick figure representation cannot be used to identify you,” they say.
The policy regarding online voice chat is quite contrasting though; they promise not to monitor the entire service, but they will still monitor the communication “to the extent permitted by law” – Skype calls are spared from the scrutiny.
If you agree, the data collected for controlling Kinect with voice commands will be shared with Microsoft:
“With user consent, samples of voice commands occurring while using Kinect will be collected and periodically sent to Microsoft for product improvement. We also collect voice samples to provide the voice search service and, with user consent, for product improvement.”
Now I see an honest attempt at avoiding unnecessary infiltration while trying to ensure that information needed to maintain constant improvements keeps flowing. What do you think?