In a newly issued privacy statement, viewable in full over on Microsoft's official website, the company has readdressed some of the fears regarding how the Xbox One's Kinect will collect and use player's personal data. The statement also seems to out a new feature of the Kinect - Expressions.
"Kinect creates a virtual gaming environment where your body motions and voice can be used to control gameplay and to navigate through the Service," the statement reads. "Kinect uses an infrared sensor, camera, and microphone to make control possible.
The camera can be used to sign you in. To do so, it measures distances between key points on your face to create a numeric value that represents only you.
"No one could look at the numbers and know they represent you. This authentication information stays on the console and is not shared with anyone."
The statement continues, "You control what happens to photographs taken during gameplay and whether voice commands are captured for analysis. You can turn Kinect off at any time. When Kinect is used with certain games and apps, your skeletal movements can be used to estimate exercise stats. You can decide how your stats are managed and whether they are shared."
Voice chat, however, is another matter. Microsoft says users "should not expect any level of privacy concerning your use of the live communication features such as voice chat, video and communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions offered through the Services." The company also says it may monitor communications "to the extent permitted by law, but we cannot monitor the entire Service and make no attempt to do so." It also stresses that it won't listen in on your Skype calls.
The last paragraph in the Kinect section of the privacy statement is interesting. It reads: "Some game titles may take advantage of a new Xbox capability called expressions. This feature allows you to use your defined facial expressions to control or influence a game. This data does not identify you, stays on the console and is destroyed once your session ends." It's good that the data is sounds secure, but we're a tad more preoccupied with wondering exactly where and how this Expressions feature will be used.
do hope Kinect works as intended this time.
Xbox One, the obvious choice for nextgen.
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I sure the hell hope it does too.. since I'm freakin' paying for it and all.
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