Tech companies all over the world have done time under the scrutiny of society for multiple reasons, and Facebook parent company Meta is one among the many. From Facebook issues to Metaverse troubles, Meta has found itself in hot water more than once during the last few years and may be heading that way one more due to recent privacy concerns surrounding the new VR headset, the Meta Quest Pro.
While the Meta Quest 2 set the bar for virtual reality possibilities, the Meta Quest Pro is geared more toward the business world, specifically professionals who want to work in VR. The mixed-reality headset includes more cameras for better body and facial tracking in order to more easily interact with other avatars in the Metaverse. However, more cameras means more data points, and this aspect has raised many privacy concerns as to how personal data is collected from users.
With a total of 16 cameras including five in the headset’s interior, five on the exterior and three on each controller, the Meta Quest Pro is able to track users’ face and eye movements. The fact that Meta will now know more about your facial expressions as well as your surroundings alone is enough to raise privacy questions, but the real concern lies in the fact that some data will be shared with third-party apps.
According to a privacy notice from Meta, the company will be adding icons next to apps that utilize the eye-tracking feature. The parent company claims that the raw image data from eye tracking is processed in real time and deleted after the processing is completed, as well as any additional data users have shared once they delete their account. Meta has also claimed that no eye tracking image data will be stored on its servers.
Despite Meta’s claims, some have pointed out that there is always a chance of data breach, which would expose millions of users’ personal data. Others have noted that this personal data could also potentially be used to emotionally exploit people in VR.
No matter the situation, when technology is involved there is always a possibility data could be leaked, which is why data security should be top priority for any company. Consumers and clients alike need to know that their personal data is safe when they use products.
Most people don’t realize that data breaches can occur even after a device is retired. Data remains on devices until it is completely wiped or destroyed. To prevent any data leaks from occurring, consider partnering with an ITAD provider like HOBI. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, HOBI has never had a data breach and remains committed to keeping clients’ data protected in every step of the disposition process.
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