Xbox One Kinect Peripheral Has A Privacy Cover
Xbox One’s Kinect monitors and records all sorts of data and it’s been a point of contention ever since the console was unveiled. In fact, Germany’s federal data protection commissioner Peter Schaar expressed concern about what the device is capable of. I’m sure the NSA and CIA are pretty interested in those capabilities too if you know what I mean.
Peripheral maker, PDP, is releasing a Kinect TV Mount for Xbox One. That’s nothing special, I mean it’s a mundane mounting bracket. However, what is quite interesting is the inclusion of a privacy cover which slides over the unit’s RGB and infrared cameras. That is an interesting feature to include to say the least.
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The mount is listed on Amazon for $20 and will fit just about any TV with no tools or installation time required.
Xbox director Albert Penello assured the public a few months back that there’s no way for third-parties to receive data, video or pictures from the Kinect unit. So this doesn’t seem like much more than pandering to people’s insecurities with the addition of the privacy cover.
That said, given the vehement ferve with which some people will toil for malicious means such as the GTA V PC version that out to be malware in disguise, there’s no telling what some depraved individuals might be capable of with regards to hacking user’s Kinect units.