Sony Changes TOS for PS4 on Launch Day, Records User Info

Although the majority of our stories here at VPNCreative revolve around keeping you safe on your desktop, laptops, tablets and phones, they aren’t the only devices you need to lock down in these trying and uncertain times of modern mass surveillance.

Just hours after launching the PS4 to millions of eager customers worldwide, Sony has released an update to their terms of service, and the fine print doesn’t look good for anyone who might be concerned about their identity while gaming online.

“Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM (User Generated Media), 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.”

Microsoft found themselves in a similar vat of hot water last year, when they announced the Xbox One, (or “XBone” as I affectionately refer to it), would feature an integrated “always-on” Kinect that could track the number of users in the room, and was always listening for anyone who might want to turn the device on using only their voice or hand gestures. Much like HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the idea of having a machine in your home that was always watching, always listening upset more than a few people, and after much fervor on behalf of the general public they announced they would be including the option to turn it off by default.

To protect yourself while racking up headshots in games like Call of Duty or Battlefield 4, you can employ the services of a VPN to keep your play data and user interaction logs under wraps. VPN Creative has tutorials for Xbox and Playstation available which explain how simple it is to ghost your traffic and prevent your multiplayer mayhem from falling into the wrong hands.