The Unnerving Rise of Video Games that Spy on You

Started by Æon, Feb 08, 2022, 04:16 PM

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There's a really good article over at Wired entitled,"The Unnerving Rise of Video Games that Spy on You". Excerpt:

Quote"TECH CONGLOMERATE TENCENT caused a stir last year with the announcement that it would comply with China's directive to incorporate facial recognition technology into its games in the country. The move was in line with China's strict gaming regulation policies, which impose limits on how much time minors can spend playing video games—an effort to curb addictive behavior, since gaming is labeled by the state as "spiritual opium."

The state's use of biometric data to police its population is, of course, invasive, and especially undermines the privacy of underage users—but Tencent is not the only video game company to track its players, nor is this recent case an altogether new phenomenon. All over the world, video games, one of the most widely adopted digital media forms, are installing networks of surveillance and control..."

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