Xbox: Here's All Your Data That Microsoft May Share With Publishers

Microsoft says it might share your real name, where you live, and other data with publishers.

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Microsoft, like Sony before it, is taking steps to be more transparent about the data it collects from Xbox users and in detailing what circumstances it is shared with other companies. The next time you boot up your Xbox One, you may be greeted with a page that reiterates Microsoft's policies surrounding privacy and data-sharing. Multiple GameSpot staffers received the notification today, which you can read in full at the bottom of this post.

The statement explains that if you're playing an Xbox Live-enabled game or app, Microsoft might share some information about you and your play habits with the publisher of said game or app. The information that can be shared with publishers includes your country and age range, Xbox profile data such as your Gamertag and avatar, and information about how many achievements you've unlocked and how much time you've spent in a game or app. Microsoft may also share details about enforcement against your profile.

Additionally, Microsoft's statement says it may share social data information such as your "interactions and communications" with other players, though it's unclear if this is for written and verbal messages. What's more, Microsoft may give publishers your real name, if you've elected to share that information.

Microsoft went on to say that it does not control what publishers do with this information once it is shared with them. That is determined by a specific publisher's own privacy policy practices, which you can find on the Xbox store pages.

If some or all of this information sounds spooky to you, there is something you can do. You can stop sharing game or app data with publishers by revoking access either on your console or through this website for some games and apps.

Microsoft's privacy policy statement comes after a similarly worded message from Sony that was discovered following a recent update. It alerted players, at least those in Europe, about its data-collection methods. All of this comes in the wake of the massive data-sharing scandal at Facebook.

Earlier this month, Microsoft alerted fans that this data-sharing disclosure was coming. In a blog post detailing upcoming changes, the company said, "We'll also let you know about scenarios where we need to share your data with game developers, publishers, and other third parties so that you can play online." Microsoft's full privacy policy statement is below.

Xbox Data Sharing With Games And Apps:

If you use an Xbox Live enabled game (or app through your Xbox console), Microsoft may share information with the publisher of that game or app in order to deliver your online experiences, improve the game or app, diagnose problems, provide support, and connect you with other users.

Information we share may include:

  • limited Microsoft account data such as country and age range;
  • Xbox profile data such as user id, gamertag, gamer profile, and avatars;
  • data about your game play or app session, including achievements unlocked, time spent in the game or app, presence, game statistics and rankings, and enforcement activity about you in the game or app;
  • social data, including club memberships; friends, other users you have played with, and information about your interactions and communications;
  • data about the game or app's performance on the console, including error reports;
  • content you create, upload or share in the game, app, or within Xbox Live;
  • other data, like gamerpics and real name, that you choose to share based on your settings or by providing additional consent.

Third party game and app publishers and developers are independent controllers of this data, and their data collection, use, and sharing practices are governed by their privacy policies. Please take time to review their policies; you may find these linked from the product pages of the games or apps in the Microsoft store. For games published by Microsoft, please visit privacy.microsoft.com.

If you want to stop sharing game or app data with a publisher, remove all its games or apps from all devices where you have installed them. Some publishers' access to your data may also be revoked by visiting https://microsoft.com/consent

For more information about our privacy practices, visit privacy.microsoft.com."

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It's good that gamespot have raised an issue that is already,beyond redemption,but just for balance. This Gamespot website has over TWENTY tracking companies following your every click from the second you arrive here!

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Data is not free. They use it for analytical purposes and usually make huge profits off it when shared. With that Microsoft gives back to the consumer through Xbox rewards, now called Microsoft rewards mixed with Bing Rewards. I've made hundreds if not thousands of free money back being in the program just simply playing, doing surveys, and basic Bing searches.

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@legendaryh1tman Oh, please. Let me give you an analogy of these data collaction techniques, and see what you think. How would you feel if a stranger on the street walked into your house and started rifling through your personal belongings and financial information. And then, when you tackled him about it, he turned to you and said. Well, you brought a melon at the supermarket the other day and you agreed we could ask your opinion on it. Truthfully, that's how obscure so called, ' informed consent' is becoming. Trust me on this. The biggest problem of all is NOBODY, and I mean nobody, knows what happens to the data, because not even Microsoft knows what happens to your Windows installation. We have now reached a stage of such complexity, that data is it's own master.

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They can collect all the data they want and do whatever with it - as long as my name is not attached to it, I don't care. Which is why I block everything that can be blocked and share as little as possible. I'm not a huge tinfoil hat wearing person when it comes to privacy but, I don't share information if I don't have to either. Most gamers learned this lesson with the PSN hack. Never give your CC info to a company that say they have no way of removing that CC info.

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@bdrtfm: Your real name has been associated with your data for many years already. Fact!

Let me suggest an experiment to you. If you have a Windows 10 installation, take the time to find ALL the privacy options that are now included. I'll wager you will not be able to do it. Many options have dependences, that you do want enabled, but they are linked to ones that you definitely wouldn't want enabled. What do you do? Try it.

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Microsoft got caught with their pants down helping the NSA so I'm not surprised with this latest news.

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@moonco: This issue has nothing to do with MS, at least any more than SONY, the NSA the Banks,etc. And so many other oganisations, even those that are not aware they are involved. As I stated above, even these organisation have no idea what's going on.

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@moonco: More likely to do with GDPR

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People actually give their REAL information? Seriously? Uh, guys, you know that you don't have to put real data into all of those fields, right?

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@Barighm: You can't lie when you enter your credit card information

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@Thanatos2k: Absolutely.

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@Barighm: Are you saying that we should lie? I don't think that's what Jesus would want.

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@asnakeneverdies: He's already been profiled!

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Microsoft knows exactly how many bullets were fired by gamers in any given Call of Duty or Halo title. Of course they have data banks on you. But the 4K.... THE 4K!!!

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@khanwashere: If you continue to concentrate on your finger nail, you will miss the truth all around you. It's NOT just MS.

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xbo xone sucks. all consoles suck actually.

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@newbpwnr: I repect you opinion on XBox, but it won't help you.

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@newbpwnr: you enjoy being a slave to gabe, huh? as if valve doesn't steal user data lol

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Information we share include:

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No surprise. Scary? Yes, but these young folks as idealistic as they are (and i sincerely respect them for it) don't care. How many left Facebook after that dislcosure? Not even a trickle.

These youngsters need their social media like a junkie needs crack. You can rob them all blind and they won't stop using this stuff.

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@jagdedge124: You are very correct. But it couldn't be stopped regardless. You are profiled across many aspects of your life. Financial,Medical, social, psychological. The guys who say this stuff is okay remind me of how we are all fine with eating meat, so long as we don't have to see the butchering. Ignorance is bliss as they say.

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@jagdedge124: Facebook lost quite a few people over that actually. They also lost $70 billion in market value and many advertisers.

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@jagdedge124: the problem with facebook is that it is so heavily woven into the social fabric, that people cannot leave if they wanted to, otherwise they will lose many of their contacts. if anything, less and less people are using facebook these days, as in posting on their wall or putting up photos, but they stay on to keep in touch with others -- at the very least use the private messaging features or follow up with social events. but yes, if there was another easy or viable alternative to facebook, more people would leave with less hesitation. that said, i think most people are okay with data mining nowadays which is a big concern. it more has to do with ignorance or having become complacent. gradually, people have been conditioned to be accepting of data mining and terms of agreement that slowly erode personal privacy. i mean, look at amazon echo or amazon key. those products would not exist 15 years ago due to public outcry. but these days? sure, bring it on!

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So the same thing everyone else does.

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You have to love the topic. Eddie is such a piece of garbage. MS might share your real name - people then get all pissed off, don't read the rest of the article which Eddie, the piece of shit - hopes for, then you realize oh wait, you can opt out of sharing your real name.

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@xcael: Not so. In the long run you cannot.

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Good thing I use phony info and a VPN

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@girlusocrazy: Sorry, but that's irrelevant and almost pointless. Put it this way. Your connection between to points can be as secure as you like, but if you use a Windows machine as a source for those connections, then you may as well give up. The damage is already done. I strip my actual IP, go through two different proxies and other stuff. It will maybe stop you seeing who I am, but that's about it.

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@benderbrain: But I run Linux

You mean the Xbox? It can't do much when I use it offline exclusively

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Microsoft more secretive than my Reconnaissance General Bureau department - Kim

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@kim_jong-un: Microsoft make secret deal with Kim to release data making Microsoft look like hero.

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They all do it what's new here? Any major company always have this practice. People that uses their stuff or members of them are subject to this practice from company. The government as always they take a back seat at protecting us from this crap and the major reason for them not doing anything is because they are doing it themselves to us as well.

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@angrycreep: Governments don't protect us, because they are the biggest culprits. We hear all the time how they need our information to protect us from; Who, exactly?

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@angrycreep: this is a straight up troll topic by gamespot. Sony does the exact same thing, so doe nintendo etc.

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@xcael: They sure do, these same folks are blind to it because they want to use this report to bolster thier dislike of MS even when the companies they like has been and still is doing the same thing. As said most companies use or sell your data to other companies.

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@lonewolf1044: I agree.

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