The lights are on
While we were in Los Angeles spending time with upcoming hardware and games, two United States Congressmen were at work filing a bill to protect Americans from prying electronic eyes. Massachusetts representative Mike Capuano (D) and North Carolina representative Walter Jones (R) have filed the "We Are Watching You Act."
The bill doesn't mention Microsoft or Kinect, only cable boxes and DVRs with built-in cameras and microphones, but it's hard to imagine the Xbox One peripheral wouldn't be swept up in the legislation. The proposal calls for an opt-in procedure, consumer receipt of detailed information about the kind of data that will be captured, and a list of who will be able to access the information.
Furthermore, should the legislation be enacted, a large message will be displayed on-screen during recording stating, "We are watching you." These proposals come just days after news broke about the NSA's snooping program, PRISM.
The Congressmen were spurred to action by patents filed by Verizon, but the company states it has no intention right now of implementing the technology. Microsoft, on the other hand, has touted that the Kinect will remain in a low-power state by default for the purposes of voice activation.
Addressing privacy concerns, Microsoft has indicated that the device can be paused or turned off at will. However, it must be connected to enable core Xbox One operations. The mechanisms for pausing the Kinect device's monitoring have not been made clear yet.
[Source: House.gov via International Business Times]
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the "we are watching you" popup would be super creepy
xbox don't you spy on me now. Oh wow I love how things seems to be sliding rapidly for xbox. Everything with technology is changing fast and now that congress men are trying to get a grip on social media and trying ta add control and put power on terms with privacy into the peoples hands. It seems like well finally seem some control against these social media platforms within the sphere of spying now how about digital shadows and the selling of our information congress but none the less I'm proud that this is happening. Maybe this will halt whatever Microsoft was planning to do with the Kinect.
Yeah, Congress is finally doing something good for once!
The unfortunate part is that there even has to be a bill protecting us from our government's prying eyes in the first place. Big brother is getting obese.
Wait, they want to protect Americans from being watched by watching them. That makes sense...
Gives reason to cover the Kinect when it's not being used. You could even turn it around or better yet point it into an unflushed toilet. Just remember when the next attack comes, they were watching gamers instead of real threats.
I will not buy this until I am sure I will never ever have to talk to it or wave my hands in front of it. EVER! I don't care if it's watching me. I can't stand the buttons that are not buttons for power and tray open on the 360 slim, but I will not buy ANYTHING that is touch screen, gesture, or voice command enabled unless it is ENTIRELY optional and disable-able. It's crap technology. It is a stupid fad we will all be making fun of in 20 years along with dub step and facebook. Seriously, watch Minority Report and tell me that STUPID arm waving around computer interface is faster or easier than a keyboard.
Microsoft. You controller is perfect, it with the keyboard attachment is all I would ever need for any device. Why can't I use it as a mouse/keyboard on my PC? Start making PC's TV's, Tablets, microwave ovens, cars and handguns that can be controlled by it instead of making Xbox's that dodn't need it. Are you people insane?
Naturally, they would, based on their popularity.