Kinect Identified as Potential Spy Tool by GCHQ
Written Friday, February 28, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
British spy agency GCHQ has identified Xbox 360's Kinect as a potential snooping device, in light of new documents revealing that webcam images of Yahoo users had also been captured by governments. One of GCHQ's presentations makes mention of "the potential and capabilities of the Xbox 360's Kinect camera," which apparently "generated ‘fairly normal webcam traffic’ and was being evaluated as part of a wider program", according to The Guardian.
These surveillance plans were reportedly part of a program called 'Optic Nerve', designed to capture imagery of internet users via integrated camera technology. Whether GCHQ recorded and stored such images using Xbox 360's Kinect is currently unknown and Microsoft seemingly has no knowledge of the program.
“Microsoft has never heard of this program," a MS rep told MCV. “However, we’re concerned about any reports of governments surreptitiously collecting private customer data. That’s why in December we initiated a broad effort to expand encryption across our services and are advocating for legal reforms.”
No mention has been made by GCHQ regarding Xbox One's Kinect device.