Oculus Rift's Terms of Service are Now Attracting Questions From a Member of Congress

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There are some sketchy things in the Terms of Service for the Oculus Rift, and now, a member of Congress is formally asking the company to explain some of the items.

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Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), who sits on the Senate Privacy and Technology Subcommittee, has written a letter to the Facebook-owned company, asking them to “provide more information on Rift and how Oculus is addressing issues of privacy and security.”

You can read the entire letter on Franken’s website, but he highlights the automatic collection of location data, physical movements and dimensions, how that data is stored, what the relationship is between Oculus and their partner companies, and what protections are in place to protect consumer information.

Franken asked for a response by the middle of May, and it’ll be interesting to see just what the company reveals.

[US Senator Al Franken, ShackNews via CinemaBlend]

Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.

DISCUSSION

thegentildouche
TheGentildouche

Facebook, er...Oculus here.

We hear your concerns, Mr. Franken. Loud and clear.

Perhaps a few campaign donations will clarify any misunderstandings about privacy and data.

You still have reservations?

Oh my, Surely, somebody will listen to reason.