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Is Xbox One the ‘future of PRISM’?

Xbox One Kinect Privacy

The Xbox One has been a public relations nightmare so far for Microsoft. The console’s debut was marred by unclear policies and misinformation, and gamers haven’t been shy in letting Microsoft know how they feel. But it’s not just the used game policy, game-sharing limitations and connectivity requirements that have people up in arms — some gamers are absolutely outraged at one of the Xbox One’s most innovative new features.

Microsoft’s Xbox One is “an ‘always-on’ Xbox tracking you with the Kinect ‘eye,’ beaming info back to some Microsoft cloud which, as we now know, is tapped by the government,” PolicyMic’s Chris Miles wrote. He even went as far as to call the console “the future of PRISM.”

Microsoft’s next-generation Kinect solution features far more enhanced monitoring capabilities than the original Kinect sensor it replaces. The device will be able to recognize individual users and it will record and transmit data on their usage back to Microsoft’s servers.

In a privacy guidelines document posted last week, however, Microsoft noted that users can disable Kinect with a simple voice command and no data is transmitted to Microsoft without the user’s consent.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.