The Security Of Your Own Home

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still a reasonable expectation to the right to privacy when you are in the security of your own home. Even if you rent, a landlord cannot install a listening device to monitor the activities in your bedroom without violating your right to privacy (Scruggs, 2016). Established as it may be that a landlord spying on you in your bedroom is illegal, technology companies and their spread of big data appear to be getting a pass on the privacy front. Before the Xbox One was released back in November of 2013, Microsoft had unwittingly sparked a controversy over some of the included technologies with the next-generation gaming console. The biggest component that drove this controversy, was the now integrated Kinect motion tracking and system…show more content…
(Sottek, 2013) Opting in to such a program however, isn’t something most consumers are likely to do knowingly. This is why companies often tie the use of these technologies to the ability to “opt in” to their tracking mechanisms. Opting in to such a program is usually as simple as clicking agree on the privacy policy associated with use of a device or feature, and generally if you don’t agree to that policy then you don’t get to use the feature. As it turns out, this is exactly what Microsoft meant by giving you the ability to “opt in”. Anyone and everyone who turned on the voice features of their shiny new Xbox One was now a part of the group of consumers that decided to opt in to the tracking. The privacy implication here is that everything you say in your home can now be recorded and transferred securely to a third party, or insecurely to any other players on the Xbox network that happen to be in a match with you. If you decide to order pizza in the middle of a game, other players may very well be able to hear what your name, home address, and even credit card numbers are. All because the consumers were given the ability to “opt in” in order to use a primary feature of a device they had just purchased. (Lester, 2014) A huge part of consumers overlooking technology companies violating our privacy in such a manner is that the items they sell us to use in our homes, and spy on us, come with user agreements and terms of service documents that outline
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