In an update on the PSN usage terms, Sony has revealed that they can “record any and all of your PSN activity”, which includes voice and text communications, among other things.
Sony recently updated the usage terms for the Playstation network, and the new information is sure to cause a stir. The company revealed they can monitor and record all your PSN activity should they feel like doing so. With all the privacy concerns surrounding the Xbox One’s Kinect monitoring debacle, it will be a surprise if the gaming world lets this one go without a fight.
An extract of the updated terms and conditions states:
“Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM (User Generated Media), 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…”
It’s a rather strange turn of events. When it was revealed earlier this year, the PS4 was the darling of the next-gen console wars. However, here we are, just a few days away from launch, and it seems that Sony is conspiring to chip away all that goodwill it built up. First it was the disappointing limitations such as the lack of media server capabilities, no MP3 support, mandatory installs, and a host of other niggling issues revealed in the PS4 FAQ. Now they’re saying they have the right to keep tabs on you. What’s next? Will the Dualshock 4 send a painful electric current down your spine every other minute?