- Mar 2, 2016
I'd never had a Facebook account as only set one up to get Quest 2. I don't like the way have to have an account to use my hardware. In terms of personal data I've opted out of everything on the accounts I set up.For me the words "who cares?" come to mind. In our daily lives we're already tracked constantly by numerous different companies in numerous different ways, so what difference does it make?
For example, the majority of people have mobile phones with all manner of apps installed, including the dreaded Facebook. Unless they're very careful with the permissions granted those apps can track your location, the apps you use, the websites you visit, your daily habits, your contacts, and a hell of a lot more besides. Most phones also have at least two cameras on them, one pointing in each direction.
Yet outrage at this (potential) invasion of our privacy is far less prevalent than that generated since this new Oculus policy was announced, and I very much doubt many people will be boycotting mobile phones anytime soon.
So in the grand scheme of things, when we can be easily tracked by phone, PC, ISP, bank account, CCTV, shop reward cards, and "smart" TVs, does it really matter that a VR headset is now going to track the games we play on it? No, not really. Big brother is out there, and we're already in full view.
(Also, for those who already have an Oculus HMD, 2023 will likely be long after we buy new hardware anyway. I was already thinking of switching brand, and it has nothing to do with privacy concerns.)
As you say if worried about who has info on us you would not do anything in life as so many areas of our lives are monitored in one way or another. I do care about who has our info but realistically how useful my info is to them in the scheme of the billions of GB data being collected is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Majority data collected is done so to sell us more stuff - usually things we don't really need.
I'll be replacing the Quest 2 at some point with better headset as served its purpose in showing me potential of VR.