VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) OUTFIT Oculus has responded to privacy concerns surrounding its terms and conditions and promises it's not sharing any data with Facebook.
Last week, a report in The Independent said that the Oculus Rift VR headset knows when it's switched on and when its user is moving around. All this is a given, surely, but not so ideal are the parts about marketing and advertising, which is where most of the news site's concerns lie.
Buried among the mundane it finds this: "We use the information we collect to send you promotional messages and content and otherwise market to you on and off our service. We also use this information to measure how users respond to our marketing efforts."
"We want to create the absolute best VR experience for people, and to do that, we need to understand how our products are being used and we’re thinking about privacy every step of the way," a rep for the company said.
"For example, one thing we may do is use information to improve our services and to make sure everything is working properly—such as checking device stability and addressing technical issues to improve the overall experience."
Oculus also noted that, while Facebook owns it and runs some of its services, they are not currently sharing the collected data.
"We don't have advertising yet and Facebook is not using Oculus data for advertising—though these are things we may consider in the future," it said.
This isn't the first time Oculus has ticked real people off, with the firm falling victim to a fallout over prices and upset Minecraft when it was only a flicker in the Zuckerberg eye and a rustle through the pages in his wallet.
The once loved and Kickstarter-funded Oculus Rift took a bit of a personality whacking after going through the Zuckerberg system and, while it was a market leading proposition, now finds itself at elbow, or temple, level with a range of competitors. µ
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