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Anti-stealth game Nothing to Hide is open source, of course

The protagonist in Nothing to Hide is an anxiety-ridden teenage girl, Poppy, whose father is a politician, and they live in a world obsessed with constant, encroaching surveillance. The browser demo begins with a private moment told as wall posts, with dad and daughter's every word and action p...

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PS4 usage terms indicate PSN voice and text monitoring

Sony updated the PlayStation 4's Software Usage Terms with statements suggesting the company may monitor PlayStation Network user voice and text communications, Polygon reports. "Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as descri...

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Microsoft details data collection, sharing policies in updated Xbox privacy statement

Microsoft has released an updated version of its Xbox privacy statement, detailing its user information-sharing policies as the company gears up to launch the Xbox One. Microsoft specifically outlines how the console's Kinect camera collects data during gameplay, possibly in response to targeted...

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Microsoft addresses Xbox One Kinect privacy concerns

Addressing recent concerns raised by Germany's federal commissioner for data protection and other sources, Microsoft has detailed how users can maintain their personal privacy when using the Xbox One's motion-sensing Kinect camera. Emphasizing that "You are in control of what Kinect can see an...

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Xbox One Kinect is a 'monitoring device,' German data commissioner says

Germany's federal commissioner for data protection and freedom of information, Peter Schaar, expressed concern over the Xbox One's Kinect functionality, calling it a "monitoring device" over which the player (or bystander) has little control. "Under the heading, 'game device,' Microsoft pushes a...

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Trion Worlds database hacked, 'no evidence' of credit card info stolen

We were starting to think we'd make it through the rest of the year without once again worrying about having our social security numbers stolen, Tweeted and written in the sky. How foolish of us! Trion Worlds has announced on its blog it "recently discovered that unauthorized intruders gained acc...

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EA revises Origin EULA; data collection is still in, collection for marketing is out

This week, people finally got around to reading the end user license agreement for EA's download service Origin, and found that it allowed EA to collect personal and usage data for marketing purposes. This contrasts with Steam's EULA, which allows Valve to collect and store information related to...

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GameStop targeted in class action suit over personal info

GameStop may know a lot more about you than you realize, a new class action lawsuit suggests. Melissa Arechiga is accusing the game retail giant of storing personal information of its customers without their knowledge or consent. According to the complaint, GameStop acquires "additional person...

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Facebook apps (including Farmville!) leaking private info to third parties

Like you didn't see this one coming. According to some sleuthing by the Wall Street Journal, many popular Facebook apps – including titles from omnipresent game dev Zynga – are sharing your user ID with unauthorized third parties. The Journal found that "all 10 of the top Facebook apps ...

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Lego Universe's childhood innocence-preserving measures outlined

Let's face it, when hand-delivering the faceless, twisted corners of the internet a set of tools which are renowned for their capacity to create anything ever, things are going to get ... bad. Like, boners, we mean. Fortunately, NetDevil recently outlined the measures the developer has taken to pro...

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