Mind you, Microsoft is also denying last Thursday's Guardian report, but the denial is a lot less clear-cut.The company disavows having providing "blanket or direct access" to Skype, but doesn't deny that it provides Skype video or audio to the government upon request.While some voice commands are processed at Microsoft’s servers, they’re converted to text before they ever leave the machine, and biometric data is translated into numerical values that simply indicate, say, where a player’s limbs are during online multiplayer games.While Microsoft says the Kinect is an "integral part" of the new Xbox, it also claims that sensing can be paused.Soghoian pointed out that there is indeed something of a legal precedent for law enforcement to co-opt consumer technology for surveillance purposes.In 2002, a federal appeals court ruled against the FBI for tapping into a microphone that was part of the emergency call and navigation system (a la On Star) inside a person’s car.Patel told that though the government might be able to argue that it can collect telephone call records because they’re simply metadata, or argue that it can collect Skype video chats between people who aren’t citizens of the US, it would be a different story with Kinect."If you were collecting information through this Xbox device, then clearly it's in the United States at the very least, and then the fact that it’s inside your home also makes it more difficult for them," she said. "It would be a flat violation of what little remains of the Fourth Amendment if the government had the ability to spy on you inside your house via a game system to which it had a backdoor," he told us.
It can even read your heartbeat with the right software.Update Star includes support for many languages such as English, German, French, Italian, Hungarian, Russian and many more.You can choose your language settings from within the program.Not unlike Kinect, Skype had assured its users that wiretaps were technically impossible."Because of Skype's peer-to-peer architecture and encryption techniques, Skype would not be able to comply with such a request," the company told CNET in 2008.In fact, Microsoft's statement seems to suggest that it update Skype to comply with the law.