NSA leaker, self described whistle-blower, and fugitive from justice Edward Snowden has revealed a new batch of the United States Government’s classified secrets today, this time alleging that Microsoft was in close collaboration with United States intelligence agencies in service of the formerly top-secret Prism program, The Guardian reports.
The documents Snowden released detail how the National Security Agency was provided with workarounds to circumvent encryption security to monitor users’ communications via Skype and Outlook.com.
The Xbox One has gained negative press since its reveal for having a built-in camera for Kinect compatibility and an always-on microphone that is supposed to only be listening for voice commands. Nevertheless these features have led the Australian government to classify the Xbox One as a surveillance device.
When you add to the mix some recent statements that the Xbox One was built “with advertising in mind” these revelations could be enough to amount to a consumer turn-off at the very least. Does Microsoft’s collaboration with the United States Government in spying operations concern you where the Xbox One is concerned?