When users of Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) were greeted this past week with a warning that their party chats may be recorded, a number of publications sounded the alarm. Why was such functionality necessary? Was Sony spying on its users? To what end?
As Sony took note of the controversy, the corporation proceeded to make blog posts and tweets assuring folks that "it wasn't that bad", and that Sony only had its users best interests in mind.
But while the messaging was appreciated, the question remains: what rights does Sony reserve in its own terms of service. And how might those be changed to better reflect what the company is telling the world?
Maybe play should have some limits...in Virtual Legality.
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Discussed in this episode:
"Sony will let PS5 owners record their voice chats and snitch on fellow players"
The Verge - October 14, 2020 - Jay Peters
"What's Actually IN those New PlayStation Network (PSN) Terms? (VL334)"
YouTube Video - October 8, 2020 - Hoeg Law
PlayStation Network Terms of Service
Updated October 2020
California Code, Penal Code - PEN § 632
"Details on new voice chat functionality coming to PS5"
PlayStation Blog - October 16, 2020
"Hey folks - just wanted to let you know that we’re looking into your feedback on the recent changes to Parties on PS4."
Tweet - October 17, 2020 - PlayStation (@PlayStation)
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