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  3. = Microsoft Kinect Spy System
  7. "So you just got the Kinect/Xbox360 gaming system and you're having fun, hanging out in your
  8. underwear, plopped down in your favorite lounge chair, and playing games with your buddies. Yeah,
  9. it's great to have a microphone and camera in your game system so you can "Kinect" to your pals
  10. while you play, but did you read that Terms of Service Agreement that came with your Kinect thingy?
  11. No? Here, let me point out an important part of that service agreement.
  12. If you accept the agreement, you "expressly authorize and consent to us accessing or disclosing
  13. information about you, including the content of your communications, in order to: (a) comply with
  14. the law or respond to lawful requests or legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of
  15. Microsoft, our partners, or our customers, including the enforcement of our agreements or policies
  16. governing your use of the Service; or © act on a good faith belief that such access or disclosure is
  17. necessary to protect the personal safety of Microsoft employees, customers, or the public."
  18. Did you catch that? Here, let me print the important part in really big letters.
  19. "If you accept the agreement, you expressly authorize and consent to us accessing or disclosing
  20. information about you, including the content of your communications… on a good faith belief that
  21. such access or disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of Microsoft employees,
  22. customers, or the public."
  23. OK, is that clear enough for ya? When you use the Kinect system, you agree to allow Microsoft (and
  24. any branch of law enforcement or government they care to share information with) to use your Kinect
  25. system to spy on you. Maybe run that facial recognition software to check you out, listen to your
  26. conversations, and keep track of who you are communicating with.
  27. I know this is probably old news to some, but I thought I would mention it because it pertains to
  28. almost all of these home game systems that are interactive. You have to remember, the camera and
  29. microphone contained in your game system have the ability to be hacked by anyone the game company
  30. gives that ability to, and that includes government snoops and law enforcement agents.
  31. Hey, it's MICROSOFT. What did you expect?
  32. And the same concerns apply to all interactive game systems. Just something to think about if you're
  33. having a "Naked Wii party" or doing something illegal while you're gaming with your buddies. Or
  34. maybe you say something suspicious and it triggers the DHS software to start tracking your every
  35. word. Hey, this is not paranoia. It's spelled out for you, right there in that Service Agreement.
  36. Read it! Here's one more part of the agreement you should be aware of.
  37. "You should not expect any level of privacy concerning your use of the live communication features
  38. (for example, voice chat, video and communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions) offered through
  39. the Service."
  40. Did you catch it that time? YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT ANY LEVEL OF PRIVACY concerning your voice chat
  41. and video features on your Kinect box."
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  43. = "Listen up, you ignorant sheep. Your government is spending more money than ever to spy on its own
  44. citizens. That's YOU, my friend. And if you're one of these people who say, "Well I ain't ever done
  45. nothing wrong so why should I worry about it?' - you are dead wrong. Our civil liberties are being
  46. taken away faster than you can spit. The NSA is working away on its new "First Intelligence
  47. Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative Data Center' to keep track of every last
  48. one of us. This thing will be the size of 17 football stadiums. One million square feet, all to be
  49. filled with more technology and data storage than you could imagine. And 30,000 spy drones are set
  50. to be launched over America which can each stay aloft for about 28 hours, traveling 300 miles per
  51. hour. WHY? Why do we want these things in our skies?
  52. The military is now taking a keen interest in the Microsoft Kinect Spy System, the fastest selling
  53. electronic device in history. Conveniently self-installed in over 18 million homes, this seemingly
  54. innocent game system, armed with facial recognition programming and real-time recording of both
  55. sound and video, will be used by our own government to spy on and record us in our own homes.
  56. And it doesn't stop there. Other game systems such as Nintendo's WWII are also being turned into
  57. government-controlled spy systems. WHY?
  58. That's the real question. WHY?!!! Why is our own government spending billions and billions of
  59. dollars to spy on its own people? To keep us safe? Do you really believe that?"
  60. = Microsoft's Kinect System is Watching You
  61. Published on Apr 5, 2012 by TheAlexJonesChannel:
  63. "Microsoft X-Box Kinect games device has a video camera and a microphone that records speech.
  64. Microsoft has stated that users "should not expect any level of privacy concerning your use of the
  65. live communication features," and the company "may access or disclose information about you,
  66. including the content of your communications."
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  68. = Big Brother alert: Microsoft wants to know how many friends you've got in your living room
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  71. "One of Microsoft's latest patent applications[1] is a humdinger. It proposes to turn the Kinect
  72. camera into a snitch for movie studios, reporting back just how many friends you've got in your
  73. living room and what they're watching. Think that sounds alarmist? Here's what it actually says:
  74. "The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of
  75. user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken." It's that blatant – a system to spy
  76. on private viewing habits.
  77. If put into practice, Microsoft's plan could mean that the film you're watching suddenly stops
  78. playing if it detects that you've got more people squashed on to the sofa than the licence allows.
  79. You'd then be prompted to buy a more expensive licence to keep watching. It's as if Big Brother had
  80. built 1984's Telescreen not to monitor the population but to ensure no one was pirating the Two
  81. Minutes Hate.
  82. In all likelihood, Microsoft will struggle to actually apply this patent in the real world. While
  83. copyright holders would be delighted, customers would be turned off by such a draconian system. But
  84. that's what's interesting about this application and patent applications in general: they often
  85. reveal what companies would do if they could get away with it. The black and white drawings and
  86. blandly technical language can cover immoral, scary and downright evil ideas.
  87. There was an even more striking example from Apple earlier this year[2]. In September, it was
  88. granted a patent for "Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device",
  89. i.e. a system allowing companies or governments to remotely disable mobile phones and tablets in a
  90. particular area.
  91. While Apple mentions benign examples such as preventing phone calls from disturbing concerts or
  92. ensuring devices are switched off on planes, it also states: "Covert police or government operations
  93. may require complete "blackout" conditions." That's exactly the kind of feature certain governments
  94. would love to use to suppress pictures and videos. The patent Apple put its stamp on is a handy form
  95. of censorship regardless of whether it will ever apply it.
  96. Last year, Google's chairman, Eric Schmidt, said that the company would hold off from creating a
  97. facial recognition service because it would be "crossing the creepy line". Still, Google has filed
  98. for and been granted extensive patents in the area and, as its Project Glass augmented reality
  99. goggles move forward, who knows when the "creepy line" will shift?"
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  103. © Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2012
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  105. = "People are aware that Windows has bad security but they are underestimating the problem because
  106. they are thinking about third parties. What about security against Microsoft? Every non-free program
  107. is a ‘just trust me program'. ‘Trust me, we're a big corporation. Big corporations would never
  108. mistreat anybody, would we?' Of course they would! They do all the time, that's what they are known
  109. for. So basically you mustn't trust a non free programme."
  110. "There are three kinds: those that spy on the user, those that restrict the user, and back doors.
  111. Windows has all three. Microsoft can install software changes without asking permission. Flash
  112. Player has malicious features, as do most mobile phones."
  113. "Digital handcuffs are the most common malicious features. They restrict what you can do with the
  114. data in your own computer. Apple certainly has the digital handcuffs that are the tightest in
  115. history. The i-things, well, people found two spy features and Apple says it removed them and there
  116. might be more""
  117. From:
  118. Richard Stallman: 'Apple has tightest digital handcuffs in history'
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