Court Rules That 2K Face-Scanning Doesn’t Violate Gamer Privacy
If you’re a 2K fan but have been worried about the possibility of the studio using the 2K face-scanning technology that are a part of their last two NBA 2K games (2K15 and 2K16) in order to violate your privacy in some way, you’re unfortunately out of luck, according to a court ruling.
The last two NBA 2K games have included new 2K face-scanning technology that allows you to have your face scanned into the game to be put onto an in-game model, making it look like you’re actually part of the game’s story mode, something that also just recently started with the last two games.
The case that started the whole debate was begun by two gamers that were worried that their face scans could be used against them. However, the judge ruled that their accusations weren’t valid, because neither had really suffered any sort of misfortune because of it. Not to mention that, in order to use the 2K face-scan tech from the beginning, players need to agree to a terms of service.
However, the main issue in the case was that, in the terms of service, 2K never said that the face-scans would be kept indefinitely, and that the biometric data that the scan picks up can actually be shared. Again, however, since there was no real evidence of how the face-scanning had violated the privacy of the two gamers, the judge found in favor of 2K. While it’s unlikely that your face scan would actually be used for anything bad by 2K, the possibility is still there.
So, if you run into any other games with the same sort of face-scanning technology, always be mindful of the fact that some day your face could show up on something that you don’t intend. However, considering that face-scanning technology still has a little ways to go, you probably won’t have anything to worry about.