German authorities have privacy concerns over Xbox One

Erik Johnson
German authorities have privacy concerns over Xbox One

Germany's federal commissioner for data protection Peter Schaar has expressed concerns over the privacy implications of the Xbox One.

Polygon translates a German news report that Schaar has been looking into Microsoft’s console since its unveiling earlier this month.

More specifically, Schaar is investigating the hardware’s always-on capabilities and the new Kinect’s ability to listen and respond to commands even when powered down; as well as the latter’s other capabilities, like being able to see in the dark, recording a user’s heart rate and tracking muscle movement.

"The Xbox [One] registered all sorts of personal information about me," Schaar said. “Reaction rates, my learning or emotional states.”

“You are then processed on a remote server and possibly even to third parties. Whether it be deleted ever, the person concerned cannot influence.”

The Xbox One will require a Kinect to function, though the peripheral’s settings can apparently be adjusted. Microsoft has already responded to the announcement, saying that user privacy is a top priority.


Tags: Microsoft , Xbox One , privacy , germany

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