the science fiction film classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” is the villain Hal 9000, consists of circuits has camera eyes and microphone ears. The supercomputer controls a spaceship, with the astronauts on the search for extraterrestrial life flying towards Jupiter. The astronauts can verbally give instructions to the computer, but during the flight he developed a life of its own and eventually directed against the people whose emotions he has previously analyzed with microphones and camera red eye exactly.
On Tuesday introduced its new video game console, Xbox One, the software company Microsoft, not only play with the user, but also can watch TV or watch videos. You can control them with voice and movements, which receives the console microphones and called Kinect sensor on the front page and analyzed. One of the new capabilities of the console that the user can put the command “Xbox On” in motion. But that again is only possible because the microphones are turned on continuously, which some German data protection is worrying.
“users who face the new Xbox into your own living room should be clear that a monitoring system so that they get into the house,” says Marit Hansen, the deputy head of the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein. Theoretically, it is possible with the Microsoft game console, listen and spy where the Xbox One will be in the future the room. In addition, the built-in game console camera corresponds to the highest standard.
is high resolution and has an infrared sensor. Also incorporated is a facial recognition, so that the game console, for example, distinguish between individuals in order to offer them their favorite games or movies. In addition, the microphones themselves in a room with background noise to filter out the language of that which controls the game console straight.
With all the many things are theoretically feasible, says Marit Hansen. Thus, it is conceivable that the Xbox One listens during operation a domestic quarrel and then fades in an advertisement for a consulting partner on the screen. Or that a movie is playing and the console noted that a child is in the room, and therefore hides adult scenes. Finally, as with any technology there is a danger that she was manipulated, and potential attackers use it to spy on users.