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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One Kinect Can be Completely Turned Off

Posted on May 29, 2013 AT 03:22am

Several concerns have been raised since the Xbox One was officially announced, from pre-owned game sales to Internet connection checking, however, one major concern has been that the new Kinect will literally always be watching, and listening, to you.

The fact that you can turn the console on with a voice command shows that the new Kinect never powers down, which has left many worrying about their privacy. Microsoft has moved to reduce these fears by stating that the device can be turned off completely.

“Yes, you can turn the system completely off,” a Microsoft rep told Kotaku. “This would use no power and turn everything off. We are designing the new Kinect with simple, easy methods to customize privacy settings, provide clear notifications and meaningful privacy choices for how data will be used, stored and shared.

“We know our customers want and expect strong privacy protections to be built into our products, devices and services, and for companies to be responsible stewards of their data. Microsoft has more than ten years of experience making privacy a top priority. Kinect for Xbox 360 was designed and built with strong privacy protections in place and the new Kinect will continue this commitment. We’ll share more details later.”

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