British GCHQ Considered Monitoring Kinect Feeds

March 1, 2014

Recently it was revealed that the GCHQ with the help of the NSA, gathered images from the webcam chats of Yahoo users, here is a small quote about that:

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In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.

In the same article, it is revealed that the NSA planned to do the same on Xbox 360 users who used the kinect, here is a quote:

While the documents do not detail efforts as widescale as those against Yahoo users, one presentation discusses with interest the potential and capabilities of the Xbox 360′s Kinect camera, saying it generated “fairly normal webcam traffic” and was being evaluated as part of a wider program.

Documents previously revealed in the Guardian showed the NSA were exploring the video capabilities of game consoles for surveillance purposes.

Microsoft, the maker of Xbox, faced a privacy backlash last year when details emerged that the camera bundled with its new console, the Xbox One, would be always-on by default.


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