x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Microsoft not passing our faces onto NSA

You don’t want Obama finding out where you’re hiding during a particularly tense game of Call of Duty multiplayer.

The Xbox 360's motion sensor isn't spying on you, the company says. Courtesy Microsoft
The Xbox 360's motion sensor isn't spying on you, the company says. Courtesy Microsoft

Given the current crop of headlines about US government spying, it’s understandable that some are getting concerned about this entering gaming. After all, you don’t want Obama finding out where you’re hiding during a particularly tense game of Call of Duty multiplayer. Thankfully, Microsoft has eased the fears of Kinect users that images of their faces can be transmitted, explaining that the unique number created by measuring the arrangement and length of certain features doesn’t leave the console and, even if it were passed onto the government, couldn’t be retroactively used to build an image. Now, what about our email and Skype details?

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