Kinect May Run Afoul of Proposed We Are Watching You Act

The newly designed Kinect for Xbox One may run afoul of a bill called the "We Are Watching You Act," if it becomes law. The law sponsored by Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA) and Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), requires companies to "explicitly" ask consumers for permission to store their data. The device would also have to inform the user how the data is collected and who will see it after it is collected. If the user declines to allow the device to record and share data the company would have to offer a new service that is the same as the existing one save for its ability to record. For Kinect, this would force Microsoft to add a whole new level of disclosure.

"This may sound preposterous but it is neither a joke nor an exaggeration," Capuano wrote. "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."

You can read the entire text of the bill here. It sounds like the bill would likely impact just about every imaginable Internet service too. We'll have more on this story as it becomes available.

Source: Polygon


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    Kincyr says:

    actually, Kinect won't run afowl. here's why:

    You definitely will have the software capability to turn off all the capabilities of Kinect. We want to put the gamer in control. And privacy. The box data information that collects is your data; it stays with you. You are in control of what you want to be collected… we obviously want to put the gamer in control of what data gets shared.

    in short, even at the reveal, the Xbox One already follows what this proposed law requires


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    Papa Midnight says:

    Knowing Microsoft, they'd write in a statement in the EULA for their Live accounts that you must agree to it watching you 24/7. Additionally, you require a Live account to use an Xbox (so far as I am aware) and it has been announced that an internet connection will be required to perform first time setup of an XB1. Therefore, if you don't agree to the EULA, you will be the proud new owner of a $500 paperweight.

    Granted the Supreme Court's consistent upholding of EULAs, I have no doubt Microsoft would take this route to simply supercede any state laws.

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