New Sony PS4 Capable of Spying Through Network

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Staff Writer | December 4, 2013 | 12:38pm EDT

In an outright push to get a spy-net into every home, electronics makers may be more intrusive than you thought.

PS4 (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
PS4 (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

(INTELLIHUB) — Ah yes, for all of you gaming junkies the PS4 is finally here. I bet some of you can wait to get your hands on one of the new ergonomically designed controllers to play our favorite first-person shooter game. However, you may want to think twice before playing the new system as Sony has added a few nasty tricks.

In fact, Sony has recently revised the Play Station Network (PSN) software usage terms, allowing a window into your life.

That’s right Sony can now spy on you through the PSN, accruing conversation audio and data, while also controlling the content you can purchase as well.

Tom’s Guide reported, “Section 14 of the Software Usage Terms is titled “Are we monitoring PSN?” This details how Sony keeps track of users and user-generated media (UGM), including but not limited to written messages, voice messages and uploaded videos.

“We can’t monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so,” Sony states. “However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you.”

In practice, this likely means that Sony will monitor players who have been reported for bad behavior or posting offensive content, especially since Sections 12 and 13 deal with negative online experiences and how to report them.”[1] 

“Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies,” the section reads. “This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.”

If you plan to pick up the PlayStation Camera for another $59.99, everything you do on it is subject to the same agreement, including using your social media accounts via The PlayRoom suite, which comes pre-installed on the system.

In order to use PlayRoom, you have to attach the camera, so unlike the Xbox One, which uses a real-time camera to watch your actions for commands at all times, the PlayStation Camera is technically optional.”, reported the Daily Caller.[2]

Although most gamers are used to similar software usage terms, the direction things are headed could be dangerous for consumers privacy.



[1] PS4 Can Spy On You and Prevent Used Game Sales – Tom’s Guide

[2] Your new PlayStation 4 won’t spy on you — but the PlayStation Network will – Daily Caller