Microsoft is taking steps, as before, to be more transparent about the data it collects from Xbox users and to describe the circumstances it shares with other companies. Next time you boot your Xbox One, you may be greeted by a page that repeats Microsoft privacy and data sharing policies. Several GameSpot employees received the notification today, which you can read at the end of this post.
The statement states that if you play an Xbox Live-enabled game or an app, Microsoft may share information about you and other users with the publisher of the said game or app. Information that can be shared with publishers includes your country and age group, Xbox profile data, such as your gamertag and avatar, as well as how many achievements you have unlocked and how much time you have spent in a game or app , Microsoft can also share enforcement details with your profile.
In addition, Microsoft claims that social data information such as your "interactions and communications" can be shared with other players. However, it is unclear whether this applies to written and verbal messages. In addition, Microsoft may give publishers their correct name once you have shared this information.
If some or all of the information seems scary to you, you can do something. You can opt out of sharing game or app data with publishers by blocking access to some games and apps, either on your console or through this website.
Xbox Data Sharing with Games and Apps:
If you use an Xbox Live-enabled game (or an app through your Xbox console), Microsoft may share information with the publisher of this game app to enhance your online experiences deliver, improve the game or app, diagnose problems, provide support and connect you with other users.
The information we share includes:
- Microsoft account information such as country and age limits
- Xbox profile data such as user ID, gamertag, player profile, and avatars;
- data about your game or app session, including unlocked achievements, time in the game or in the app, presence, game statistics and leaderboards, and enforcement of activity about you in the game or in the app;
- social data, including club memberships; Friends, other users you've played with, and information about your interactions and communications;
- Data about the game or app performance on the console, including bug reports;
- Content that you create, upload, or share in the game, app, or in Xbox Live;
- other data, such as player images and real names, that you share based on your preferences or provide through additional consent.
If you want to stop sharing game or app data for a publisher, remove any games or apps from any devices on which you have them installed , 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. "