posted on Jun, 20 2013 @ 02:09 AM
Searched and didn't find anything. Apologies if already posted.
I came across this on EGM earlier
After a google search, all the links I found were on gaming sites or in articles tied to the XboxOne, so I cannot declare the validity of this.
Here is some of the article
Now, consider the latest development regarding American citizens and their privacy. The National Security Agency (NSA) is already collecting data
from cell phones, including the time of day calls take place, numbers being dialed, duration of phone calls, and other pertinent data
information—though the content of each phone call is supposedly not part of the data collection. Don’t fret, that call from your Doctor regarding
your sexual history is private, for now. Which brings us to an interesting press release on the U.S. House of Representatives website. Two
representatives, Rep. Mike Capuano and Rep. Walter Jones are filing the “We Are Watching You Act.” To paraphrase the press release, this act “is
in direct response to reports that national telecommunications companies (i.e. cable providers) are exploring technology for digital video recorders
(DVRs) which would record personal activities of consumers as they watch television in the privacy of their homes.” In other words, cable companies
would like to pursue the ability to monitor people in their homes as they watch television in order to better understand their audience and target
consumers with specific ads.
Rep. Mike Capuano has stated, “This may sound preposterous but it is neither a joke nor an exaggeration. These DVRs would essentially observe
consumers as they watch television as a way to super-target ads. It is an incredible invasion of privacy. Given what we have recently learned about
the access that the government has to the phone numbers we call, the emails we send and the websites we visit, it is important for consumers to decide
for themselves whether they want this technology. Think about what you do in the privacy of your own home and then think about how you would feel
sharing that information with your cable company, their advertisers and your government.”
So, what I've heard is, basically, if you have your DVR or cable box connected, and you suddenly get up to start cleaning your living room, ads
comparable to your activity will appear on your TV. This technology would monitor your daily habits, and then make a choice what ads are most relative
As for me, advertising is invasive enough as it is.
As someone who loves to play games, I’d hate to have my videogame console, the same one I’ll be playing Halo on, potentially be seen as a
threat to my privacy. If the laws to monitor Americans increase, and the NSA is given a stronger reach, I’d like to know that Microsoft has safety
precautions in tow to counteract such measurements. Maybe I’m just jumping the gun here, but you can never be too careful. Microsoft, my advice to
you is the same thing Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.” We all want an awesomely powerful console,
one with a more advanced Kinect camera, but we also want to know we’re not investing in a spy machine.
That's well said, IMO.
All I have to say is, if the potential for abuse is there, government will find a way to exploit it.