Oculus Rift’s Terms of Service – Questions to Oculus
The Oculus terms of service are the topic of discussion over the last few days. The terms of service have attracted the attention of Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), who sits on the Senate Privacy and Technology Subcommittee, has written a letter to the Facebook-owned company - Oculus, asking them to “provide more information on Rift and how Oculus is addressing issues of privacy and security.”
Read his questions below:
1. Oculus has stated that it automatically collects users' location information. Is this collection necessary for Oculus to provide services? Are there any other purposes for which Oculus collects this information? Does Oculus share this information with third parties, including its "related companies", for any other purpose than the provision of services?You can read his enter letter here:
2. Oculus has stated that it automatically collects users' physical movements and dimensions. Is this collection necessary for Oculus to provide services? Are there any other purposes for which Oculus collects this information? Does Oculus share this information with third parties, including its "related companies", for any other purpose than the provision of services?
3. Oculus has indicated that it stores communications among Oculus users and any information associated with such communications. Is this retention necessary for the provision of services? And for how long will Oculus retain the data?
4. Given that the data-sharing relationship between Oculus and its related companies is not readily apparent to Oculus' customers, in your view, which company is responsible for providing information about this relationship to consumers? Which company is responsible for providing security information to consumers?
5. Oculus has indicated that it shares de-identified and aggregate data with others for any purpose. Does Oculus currently sell this information to third parties? Can you specify the purposes for which you d share or sell such data?
6. Oculus s privacy statement provides the following with respect to information security:
"[N]o data transmission or storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect the information we maintain, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you disclose or transmit to our Services and cannot be responsible for the theft, destruction, or inadvertent disclosure of information." What precautions does Oculus currently have in place to ensure the security of consumers' data?
Letter from Senator Al Franken