Microsoft Releases Updated Privacy Statement For Xbox And Services

Microsoft has released a new privacy statement that applies to Xbox products and services which include Xbox console versions, Xbox Live service, Games for Windows Live, Windows Phone Games, Xbox Music, Xbox Store, and other products and services. You can read them all from the link below. Regarding Kinect facial data, some game titles may take advantage of a new Xbox capability called expressions. This feature allows you to use your defined facial expressions to control or influence a game. This data does not identify you, stays on the console and is destroyed once your session ends.

CVG has summarized some important privacy policies of Microsoft,

  • Players can turn Kinect off at any time.
  • When Kinect is used with certain games and apps, a user’s skeletal movements can be used to estimate exercise stats. Microsoft says “you can decide how your stats are managed and whether they are shared”.
  • Kinect’s facial-numeric identifiers, as described above, “stays on the console and is not shared with anyone”.
  • Microsoft can share user info “with companies we’ve hired to provide services on our behalf”. Those companies must pledge to keep the information confidential.
  • Microsoft can share user info “to comply with the law or respond to legal process or lawful requests, including from law enforcement and government agencies”
  • Aside from these exceptions, the company “will not disclose your personal information to a third party without your consent”.
  • For games that enable in-game communications, the game publisher may also have access to the content of in-game communications when users are signed into their account with the publisher.
  • Xbox applications built by partner companies, from Netflix to Sky, have their own separate terms and conditions with regards to privacy.
  • Microsoft will read player data to serve better targeted advertisements, which users can opt out of.
  • If customers link their Microsoft account with a partner company, “Microsoft may share limited account information with that company”. That information may include name, address, email and date of birth, but not credit card or other payment information.
  • Xbox applications using Windows Phone that require location data “will only collect and store the approximate location of your phone”
  • Payment data is stored and used for “detection and prevention of fraud”. In support of these uses, “Microsoft may share your payment data with banks and other entities that process payment transactions or other financial services, and for fraud prevention and credit risk reduction.”

Source: Xbox via: CVG

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  • mikeone

    End of consumers privacy.
    That’s it

    • wahahahahah

      It is not the “End of consumers privacy.” It’s purely up to the consumer whether they wish to use Kinect or not as that is the only piece of technology coupled with the Xbox One capable of recording personal data. This is stated in the article where it says “Players can turn Kinect off at any time.” Therefore, from the evidence and reason provided, this is not the end of consumers privacy.

      tl;dr comment? Long story short, READ THE ARTICLE

      • Sugadevan

        Trolls cannot read you know? they come to troll.

  • Akash Kalghatgi

    After all its msft

  • Emily the Strange

    all these sounds pretty much logical points in how privacy will be managed. so nothing to be surprised about this.

    you know… most people who comment about Xbox, probably use google products, what do they think Google do with their information? sometimes they dont even care about users information giving it to third parties. but yeah… again, what do they think Google do with their info? put it in a safe box and never see it again? lol please….

    but anyway, all these points sound logical to me, the only stupid things are the comments from computerandvideogames and alot of people, who seem to forget they probably own a phone, a computer, and whatever device that will pretty much collect the same info, share the same if not more info to 3rd parties, and etc etc.

    nd Microsoft say “opt out” so… yeah… again, stupid humans being stupid. you know, ps4 dont support alot of things that ps3 do, but hey! its a better console with the best features, and it wont spy becuase it will never collect any info… and of course they will keep user info safe just like ps3 era /s