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"So you just got the Kinect/Xbox360 gaming system and you're having fun,
hanging out in your underwear, plopped down in your favorite lounge
chair, and playing games with your buddies. Yeah, it's great to have a
microphone and camera in your game system so you can "Kinect" to your
pals while you play, but did you read that Terms of Service Agreement
that came with your Kinect thingy? No? Here, let me point out an
important part of that service agreement.

If you accept the agreement, you "expressly authorize and consent to us
accessing or disclosing information about you, including the content of
your communications, in order to: (a) comply with the law or respond to
lawful requests or legal process; (b) protect the rights or property of
Microsoft, our partners, or our customers, including the enforcement of
our agreements or policies governing your use of the Service; or © act
on a good faith belief that such access or disclosure is necessary to
protect the personal safety of Microsoft employees, customers, or the
public."

Did you catch that? Here, let me print the important part in really big
letters.

"If you accept the agreement, you expressly authorize and consent to us
accessing or disclosing information about you, including the content of
your communications… on a good faith belief that such access or
disclosure is necessary to protect the personal safety of Microsoft
employees, customers, or the public."

OK, is that clear enough for ya? When you use the Kinect system, you
agree to allow Microsoft (and any branch of law enforcement or
government they care to share information with) to use your Kinect
system to spy on you. Maybe run that facial recognition software to
check you out, listen to your conversations, and keep track of who you
are communicating with.

I know this is probably old news to some, but I thought I would mention
it because it pertains to almost all of these home game systems that are
interactive. You have to remember, the camera and microphone contained
in your game system have the ability to be hacked by anyone the game
company gives that ability to, and that includes government snoops and
law enforcement agents.

Hey, it's MICROSOFT. What did you expect?

And the same concerns apply to all interactive game systems. Just
something to think about if you're having a "Naked Wii party" or doing
something illegal while you're gaming with your buddies. Or maybe you
say something suspicious and it triggers the DHS software to start
tracking your every word. Hey, this is not paranoia. It's spelled out
for you, right there in that Service Agreement. Read it! Here's one more
part of the agreement you should be aware of.

"You should not expect any level of privacy concerning your use of the
live communication features (for example, voice chat, video and
communications in live-hosted gameplay sessions) offered through the
Service."

Did you catch it that time? YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT ANY LEVEL OF PRIVACY
concerning your voice chat and video features on your Kinect box."

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= "Listen up, you ignorant sheep. Your government is spending more money
than ever to spy on its own citizens. That's YOU, my friend. And if
you're one of these people who say, "Well I ain't ever done nothing
wrong so why should I worry about it?' - you are dead wrong. Our civil
liberties are being taken away faster than you can spit. The NSA is
working away on its new "First Intelligence Community Comprehensive
National Cyber-security Initiative Data Center' to keep track of every
last one of us. This thing will be the size of 17 football stadiums. One
million square feet, all to be filled with more technology and data
storage than you could imagine. And 30,000 spy drones are set to be
launched over America which can each stay aloft for about 28 hours,
traveling 300 miles per hour. WHY? Why do we want these things in our
skies?

The military is now taking a keen interest in the Microsoft Kinect Spy
System, the fastest selling electronic device in history. Conveniently
self-installed in over 18 million homes, this seemingly innocent game
system, armed with facial recognition programming and real-time
recording of both sound and video, will be used by our own government to
spy on and record us in our own homes.

And it doesn't stop there. Other game systems such as Nintendo's WWII
are also being turned into government-controlled spy systems. WHY?

That's the real question. WHY?!!! Why is our own government spending
billions and billions of dollars to spy on its own people? To keep us
safe? Do you really believe that?"

= Microsoft's Kinect System is Watching You
Published on Apr 5, 2012 by TheAlexJonesChannel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkYgC-AvPGM

"Microsoft X-Box Kinect games device has a video camera and a microphone
that records speech. Microsoft has stated that users "should not expect
any level of privacy concerning your use of the live communication
features," and the company "may access or disclose information about
you, including the content of your communications."

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= Big Brother alert: Microsoft wants to know how many friends you've got
in your living room

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http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/micwright/100008237/big-brother-alert-microsoft-wants-to-know-how-many-friends-youve-got-in-your-living-room/

"One of Microsoft's latest patent applications[1] is a humdinger. It
proposes to turn the Kinect camera into a snitch for movie studios,
reporting back just how many friends you've got in your living room and
what they're watching. Think that sounds alarmist? Here's what it
actually says: "The users consuming the content on a display device are
monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded,
remedial action may be taken." It's that blatant – a system to spy on
private viewing habits.

If put into practice, Microsoft's plan could mean that the film you're
watching suddenly stops playing if it detects that you've got more
people squashed on to the sofa than the licence allows. You'd then be
prompted to buy a more expensive licence to keep watching. It's as if
Big Brother had built 1984's Telescreen not to monitor the population
but to ensure no one was pirating the Two Minutes Hate.

In all likelihood, Microsoft will struggle to actually apply this patent
in the real world. While copyright holders would be delighted, customers
would be turned off by such a draconian system. But that's what's
interesting about this application and patent applications in general:
they often reveal what companies would do if they could get away with
it. The black and white drawings and blandly technical language can
cover immoral, scary and downright evil ideas.

There was an even more striking example from Apple earlier this year[2].
In September, it was granted a patent for "Apparatus and methods for
enforcement of policies upon a wireless device", i.e. a system allowing
companies or governments to remotely disable mobile phones and tablets
in a particular area.

While Apple mentions benign examples such as preventing phone calls from
disturbing concerts or ensuring devices are switched off on planes, it
also states: "Covert police or government operations may require
complete "blackout" conditions." That's exactly the kind of feature
certain governments would love to use to suppress pictures and videos.
The patent Apple put its stamp on is a handy form of censorship
regardless of whether it will ever apply it.

Last year, Google's chairman, Eric Schmidt, said that the company would
hold off from creating a facial recognition service because it would be
"crossing the creepy line". Still, Google has filed for and been granted
extensive patents in the area and, as its Project Glass augmented
reality goggles move forward, who knows when the "creepy line" will
shift?"

[1]
http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PG01&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=%2220120278904%22.PGNR.&OS=DN/20120278904&RS=DN/20120278904

[2]
http://www.zdnet.com/apple-patent-could-remotely-disable-protesters-phone-cameras-7000003640/

© Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2012

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= "People are aware that Windows has bad security but they are
underestimating the problem because they are thinking about third
parties. What about security against Microsoft? Every non-free program
is a ‘just trust me program'. ‘Trust me, we're a big corporation. Big
corporations would never mistreat anybody, would we?' Of course they
would! They do all the time, that's what they are known for. So
basically you mustn't trust a non free programme."

"There are three kinds: those that spy on the user, those that restrict
the user, and back doors. Windows has all three. Microsoft can install
software changes without asking permission. Flash Player has malicious
features, as do most mobile phones."

"Digital handcuffs are the most common malicious features. They restrict
what you can do with the data in your own computer. Apple certainly has
the digital handcuffs that are the tightest in history. The i-things,
well, people found two spy features and Apple says it removed them and
there might be more""

From:

Richard Stallman: 'Apple has tightest digital handcuffs in history'
http://newint.org/features/web-exclusive/2012/12/05/richard-stallman-interview/

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