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So Much For Privacy

Posted on Monday, September 11 @ 20:47:12 Eastern by Duke_Ferris
When I set up my home account for Xbox live, I set my gamertag to be "Duke Ferris". Little did I know what I was getting into.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Xbox Live service - the seamless matchmaking, the leaderboards, even the headset that I hardly ever use. Then it started to get freaky when anonymous people were able to peer over your virtual shoulder and watch you race in PGR3. I started thinking about how much information about me was being collected, and then shared with the entire internet.

What I'm playing, when I'm playing it, what games I have... it's creepy enough with the office pseudonym account, and it's a whole different box-o-worms when you're driving around in the always-online, massively multiplayer Test Drive: Unlimited with your own name floating over your car everywhere you go.

But nothing, and I mean nothing, drove home the point regarding how much my xbox was blabbing about me as when I put my name in on this site last week, and my 360 started its own blog. That's just weird. And spooky.

Also, just to really freak me out, last week Microsoft sent me the new Xbox 360 web-cam. Right now it only works with Uno, but to be honest, I'm a little scared for the future. Is there really anyone out there who desperately needs to see me drink beer and play video games? Don't answer.

 

I know this all sounds pretty harmless so far, but when did that paradigm shift happen? When we all got MySpace pages?

Would you care if your DVD player reported to the world what movies you where watching and when you watched them? Maybe not, but 18 years ago people cared so much that Congress made it a federal crime for video rental stores to release their customer data. Now we're just giving it away ourselves.

Of course, to bring things full circle, I realize that I just blogged about my Xbox blogging about me. It's only fair.

 



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