When DVRs watch you

It seems that the Xbox One might violate the proposed “We are watching you” legislation:

These DVRs would essentially observe consumers as they watch television as a way to super-target ads. It is an incredible invasion of privacy.

“Given what we have recently learned about the access that the government has to the phone numbers we call, the emails we send, and the websites we visit, it is important for consumers to decide for themselves whether they want this technology,” he said.

I think it is a fair compromise for companies to be able to make the technology, people to buy the technology but having a law in place forcing companies to inform users when it is recording – and requiring a way to opt-out or turn it off.

This explains why the Kinect 2 is mandatory for the Xbox One (for the US). I am glad there are enough people concerned about this type of technology that it is being addressed with updated legislature.