Microsoft Kills 'Always On' Camera Requirement After Outcry

Law360, New York (August 14, 2013, 4:29 PM EDT) -- A Microsoft Corp. executive confirmed Monday that the company is abandoning plans to require that a motion-sensor camera attachment be perpetually activated in order for its new Xbox One gaming console to function, following an outcry from consumer advocates over the device’s privacy implications.

In a Q-and-A session with the gaming site IGN, company executive Marc Whitten said that the yet-to-be-released console will function even when the Xbox Kinect attachment is turned off or unplugged. This change comes as an apparent concession to gamers and privacy...
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