Monday, May 27, 2013

Big Brother Microsoft: Data Protection Supervisor criticizes Xbox One - ABC Online

gamblers the new Microsoft Xbox console One had been eagerly anticipated, but the initial euphoria is now personally tarnished by the Federal Data Protection Supervisor: The Xbox one is for him not a game, but a monitoring device

Even if Microsoft wants to bring his new Xbox game console One in 2013 to market the whole of the Federal Data Protection Commissioner Peter Schaar feels more like after 1984 – at least after 1984, by George Orwell same in his book describes a totalitarian surveillance state. “Under the heading ‘Game Machine’ pushes Microsoft a monitoring device in the market,” Schaar said the magazine “Der Spiegel”.

The Commissioner pointed out that the console “all sorts of personal information” sign such as reaction rates, learning and emotional states. “They are then processed on an external server, and possibly even passed on to third parties.”

Whether the data would ever deleted, the person concerned could not affect, Schaar said. Fears that Microsoft could also listen to conversations using the console, but he held to be excessive. “The fact that Microsoft now spying on my living room is merely a twisted nightmare,” said the Commissioner.

The console is equipped with a camera system to capture the spatial information and can recognize the faces of users. Microsoft plans for the console a deep integration into the consumer electronics equipment of its users – all devices from the TV receiver to the amplifier should be controlled via voice and gesture control console

The Group will also use the device as a research tool: The Xbox One, says Microsoft executive Phil Spencer said “Mirror”, will ensure that “we know what the people employed. We can take a vote and feed their voice in the creative process. ” The company had introduced the new console last week. You should come at the end of the market.

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