Microsoft: Don't panic - Xbox One Kinect won't harvest your data for advertising

Microsoft: Don't panic - Xbox One Kinect won't harvest your data for advertising
Advertising is not on the brain, apparently

Kinect is not a marketing spy, says Microsoft, after reports that the Xbox One peripheral could be used to harvest advertising data from users.

After Advertising Age reported a quote from Microsoft's Marketing and Strategy VP Yusuf Mehdi's presentation at a marketing conference, where it sounded a lot like Kinect will be used for some sneaky market research.

"We have a pretty unique position at Microsoft because of what we do with digital, we well as more and more with television because of Xbox," he said.

"It's early days, but we're starting to put that together in more of a unifying way, and hopefully at some point we can start to offer that to advertisers broadly."

Oosh, way to start the fire. But according to Microsoft this was nothing to do with Kinect and simply a reference to the way content could be carried across different platforms such as SmartGlass.

Major Nelson: Activate

Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb took to Twitter to calm fears. "We are seeking a correction to the Ad Age story that quotes Yusuf," he said.

"Tl;dr We do not collect information to share or sell. You are fully in control of your personal data. Your privacy is important to us."

Director of Product Planning Albert Penello went on NeoGAF last week to tell users that Kinect did not have adverts on the brain.

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