Microsoft “privacy” Problem: NSA-friendly company dubiously claims image shows “fold in the denim”
Paul Joseph Watson
November 21, 2013
Microsoft has denied that the Kinect camera attached to the new Xbox One can see a user’s genitals, dubiously claiming that video footage which appears to show a man’s penis is merely “a fold in the denim”.
As we reported last week, after analyzing a tech demo video of the console Fast Company Design’s Mark Wilson noticed that the Kinect’s new IR camera was so sophisticated that it captured the outline of the user’s penis.
“The Kinect hardware/software is now so effective at deciphering the bumps and folds of clothing that it can pinpoint a man’s package down to its pant leg,” wrote Wilson.
Microsoft responded to the controversy by claiming that the penis-shaped image was merely a fold in the man’s jeans.
“First, if you watch the video you will see that what is being represented here is a fold in the denim,” a Microsoft representative told IGN. “There is no tech magic going on here and Kinect cannot see through clothing.”
The statement went unquestioned by popular video game website IGN, which is not surprising given that the site is plastered in ads for Microsoft’s new console.
Microsoft failed to address Mark Wilson’s revelation of how he saw an outline of his own penis on screen during testing of the Xbox One at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond.
Microsoft hasn’t really proven itself trustworthy when it comes to securing its users privacy. The company was deeply embroiled in the NSA wiretapping scandal, allowing the snooping agency backdoor access to spy on users of its services.
The new Xbox One console is packed with an array of other snooping technology that is wide open to abuse by hackers and government agencies.
“The new generation of Kinect technology in Xbox One can distinguish up to six voices in a room, respond to voice commands, read skeletal movement, muscle force, whether people are looking at or away from the TV and even their heart rates,” reports Advertising Age.
Last year, former CIA Director David Petraeus hailed the arrival of the ‘Internet of things’, bragging that Americans’ willingness to fill their homes with devices that can transmit audio and video of users via the web represents a boon for “clandestine tradecraft.”
The ability of the NSA to collect a treasure trove of data on the habits of Xbox users will get a significant upgrade this week when the new Xbox One is released and eventually purchased by an estimated 100 million people worldwide.
This article was posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 5:51 am