Sony May “Monitor and Record” PSN Voice and Text Communications
Sony has updated the PlayStation 4 Software Usage Terms, which now include a clause stating that the company may monitor and record your PSN activity, including the content of voice and text communications.
Sony states it cannot monitor “all PSN activity” and makes “no commitment to do so.”
“However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM [User-Generated Content] at our sole discretion, without further notice to you,” the statement continues.
“Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.”
Watch out, folks; Big Brother is watching. Sure, other services do this as well — that needn’t be pointed out. There are even legitimate benefits to this form of monitoring, including the increased safety of end-users. But this is all feeling a little 1984.
Are you okay with being monitored?