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.”