Xbox One’s Kinect Won’t Listen in on Your Conversations
After learning the Kinect camera would always be on, some questions were raised about just how much privacy would remain in the living room. Microsoft assuaged those fears with a more detailed discussion about what Kinect can and can't do on the Xbox Wire.
When on, the Kinect will only be waiting to hear the words "Kinect on." The whole experience can be personalized further to turn even those voice commands off, too, and you can monitor what data Kinect is able to capture as well. "When Xbox One is on and you’re simply having a conversation in your living room, your conversation is not being recorded or uploaded," the blog stated.
As to that other data that's being recorded, Microsoft assures you can monitor whether or not any of that information leaves the Xbox One. Though specific examples don't exist at the moment, Microsoft said future games might capture your fitness data, but it would be up to you if that kind of data was ever shared beyond your living room.
It's reassuring to hear the Kinect doesn't have grand designs to go SkyNet on everyone. This should help put a few more minds at ease, but we can't speak for some of the other statements Microsoft also made about the Xbox One this week.