Microsoft want to spy on you through special TV
Here's a weird thing. Microsoft have been granted a patent on a system that uses cameras built into TVs, PCs, and smartphones and whatever else, in a bid to act as a "consumer detector," or in plain English, something to decipher whether you've paid for your content or not.
Something that's going to spy on you basically.
"A fee can be charged for each viewer of the content for each view," Patent US20120278904 reads. "Viewers may be uniquely identified and a count of the viewers determined, with the licensee then charged for each viewer accessing the content. Age and identity restrictions can be applied in this embodiment as well."
Cameras won't be the only thing spying on you, as Microsoft assumes there'll be "one of a number of suitable technologies." It talks about gesture controllers and games consoles being used to spy on you as well. Kinect boxes will be able to use "facial recognition techniques," and analyse audio input and so on.
You can only hope that this is all rendered redundant when the family cat sits itself directly in front of these scanning devices and greets it by sticking its hole right up in the grill.
Of course, regarding digital rights management, this is something of a smart move. However, there's a gigantic privacy issue and naturally, it'll only be a matter of time before we all learn how to sidestep it. The biggest problem will be Microsoft being able to convince the public this is something they should actively buy into.
Chances are, they'll be getting told to piss off in no uncertain terms.