Xbox One and Kinect offer easy and approachable ways to control your games and entertainment with your voice and gestures. By recognizing you, Xbox One can tailor personal experiences and customize content just for you. To do this, Xbox One needs to know certain data about you, such as how your Kinect device is working and usage patterns in how you play games or use your voice for search. This data allows you to control and play games and allows us to provide better search results.
Whenever we collect data, we want to make sure it’s the right choice for you. Some people worry about the data collected by the Kinect sensor because it may contain personal photos of them or track their movements. That’s why we provide choices like the controls described on this page. For all the details about the data, we recommend reviewing the Xbox section of our Privacy Statement.
How Kinect and Xbox One use data to work for you
Kinect and Xbox One can collect several types of data, some of which directly affects how well the Kinect sensor and Xbox One work and your ability to control and play games. Microsoft doesn’t share any data collected by the Kinect sensor with third-party partners, nor is it used for marketing or advertising purposes.
Third-party partners may collect data through their games or apps to deliver Kinect experiences, to understand how customers use their Kinect experiences, and to improve performance or even to help plan new experiences. They’re not permitted to use the information for marketing purposes, such as selling you games or services, or for personalizing advertising. Also, third-party partners aren’t allowed to collect player personal information without review and approval by Microsoft.
Types of data Kinect and Xbox One collect
This information allows us to deliver basic services and helps us continuously improve Kinect and Xbox One performance. As you play, we collect information on how your Kinect device and platform software are functioning, usage patterns within the Xbox Dashboard app, and other data that does not directly or personally identify you. This info also helps to keep your Xbox One operating optimally, including checking for updates, and maintains the ability for you to connect to Xbox Live.
Data used for Kinect-enabled sign-in
Photos and videos
To control who can see the photos and videos you upload to Xbox Live, go to your Xbox privacy settings on either Xbox.com or your Xbox One console.
How the Kinect sensor works
Kinect maps distances between your body’s joints to create a stick figure—a “skeleton”—that helps Kinect enable gameplay on your console or between you and another online player. In addition, some game titles may take advantage of a new Xbox capability that allows you to use your facial expressions to control or influence a game.
Neither the stick-figure representation nor any of your facial expressions can be used to identify you. The associated numeric values are only temporarily stored in memory on your console during the gameplay session, and then are destroyed when you end the session.
When Kinect collects info
Kinect doesn’t collect information about you or your environment if you’re not engaged in a Kinect experience, such as playing a Kinect game, using a Kinect-enabled application, or navigating using voice or gesture.
When you have the “Instant-on” power mode enabled and your console is turned off, the sensor will only be listening for you to say “Hey Cortana, Xbox on.” This command is processed on your Xbox One and doesn’t leave the console.
You can always tell when Kinect is ready to go by two lights on the front panel:
- When Xbox One is on and Kinect is ready to respond to voice and gesture commands, the Xbox symbol on the right of the sensor will illuminate.
- If Kinect can capture video or an image, like when you’re engaged in a Skype call or using Upload Studio, a second white light on the left side of Kinect, near the camera lens, will illuminate.
Turn off Kinect at any time by pressing the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide. Then go to System > Settings > Kinect & devices > Kinect and clear the check box next to Kinect on.
Or unplug your Kinect—your Xbox One will still work.
How you control data for Xbox One and Kinect
You have two places where you can change your privacy and online safety settings: either on Xbox.com or from your Xbox One console.
- Sign in to your Microsoft account at Xbox.com.
- Under My Xbox, select Profile.
- Select Privacy settings or Online safety on Xbox One. Due to the secure nature of these settings, you may be asked to enter a security code that we’ll send to the alternate phone number or email address previously saved to your account.
- Select the account you want to manage.
- Review the settings currently in place and update those you want to change.
- Save your changes on each tab before moving on to the next.
From your Xbox One console:
- Sign in to your Microsoft account.
- Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide.
- Select System > Settings > Account > Privacy & online safety > Xbox Live privacy.
- Choose a default or customize your settings by selecting View details & customize.