The Xbox One has already had its controversial DRM plans scrapped that overturned the need to connect online every 24hrs and place restrictions on how you share and trade games. Now, if a new law is passed in the United States it could cause Microsoft to rethink their plans for an always connected Kinect peripheral?
The We Are Watching You Act, a U.S bill proposed by representatives Michael Capuano (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) would restrict all technology that can monitor and record data. If the bill were to pass, Kinect would have to provide gamers with an opt-in message and a warning prompt whenever it began recording. Microsoft would also be required to inform users on how data is being collected and who could potentially see it with alternative’s needing to be in place for users who opt-out and choose not to have their data recorded.
[This technology] would essentially observe consumers as they watch television as a way to super-target ads. It is an incredible invasion of privacy,” said a press release on the bill. “Think about how you would feel sharing that information with your cable company, their advertisers and your government.