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Sony can “monitor and record” your PSN activity on PS4

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Sony has admitted that it can “monitor and record” your PlayStation Network (PSN) activity on the PS4.

The updated Terms and Conditions for the PS4 reveal that Sony can actively monitor PSN communication and record all your activity at its discretion.

Any information the Japanese electronics giant does collect about you via PSN can be used by it or other affiliate companies to prosecute you under law.

It did add that although Sony can monitor “all PSN activity”, it makes “no commitment to do so.”

“We reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM [user generated media] at our sole discretion, without further notice to you.”

These new, updated T&Cs also apply to all existing PlayStation systems, including PlayStation 2, PSP, PS Vita, PlayStation 3 as well as the incoming PS4.

“Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, 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 to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users.”

Sony has urged PS4 users not to be worried about the company having a permanent record of their PSN activity, despite the fact it can be used against them.

“This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.”

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Via: Polygon

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November 11, 2013, 7:51 pm

The NSA/GCHQ should get into the console business:
The updated CONSTITUTION reveals that UNCLE SAM can actively monitor YOUR communication and record all your activity at its discretion. Any information the NSA/GCHQ does collect about you can be used by it or other affiliate AGENCIES to PERSECUTE you under law.


November 12, 2013, 11:54 am

It's just monitoring what you buy so they can recommend games to you. They already said this at E3...


November 12, 2013, 12:21 pm

And that by your continued use of this platform that you have shelled out several hundred pounds on you are bound by an agreement that we can alter, chop, change, revoke, prod and poke at any time.
Otherwise your expensive Christmas present will be no better than an ugly door stop.


November 12, 2013, 7:57 pm

I have to install the update on my PS3 just to play games; many will refuse to run otherwise. That means accepting the Ts&Cs.

By accepting them I'm allowing Sony to spy on me, remove what I've paid for at their sole discretion and potentially prosecute me because I did something they didn't like.

The alternative is to turn my PS3 into an expensive doorstop and write-off the hundreds I've spent on games.

I want a refund!

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