PlayStation 4 May Record and Monitor Everything You Do

In a disturbing twist of events, it looks like the PlayStation 4 may in fact be recording and monitoring everything you do on the console. Gamers may remember how Microsoft had attempted this at one point with the Xbox One, with which many gamers cried foul due to privacy concerns.

The information, found in the PlayStation 4 Terms of Service, explicitly states that "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." The statement goes on to clarify just what the information will be used for:

"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."

What does 13.1 describe, exactly? In short, it describes that the information collected is limited to in-game reporting tools, which means the information Sony would collect would only be used if someone was reporting you.

For example, if you reported a user due to that user saying something that could be construed as illegal or offensive, Sony can parse the data and confirm the information for themselves. However, where many gamers are concerned is that for Sony to do this, it means the company is collecting and storing large amounts of what some may feel is private data; anything said or written on the PSN can come back to bite you, in other words.

PlayStation 4 May Record and Monitor Everything You DoWhile some gamers are irate at this news, the solution is simple: don't say or do anything on the PlayStation Network that you wouldn't say or do in the real world. While some gamers may feel their privacy is being violated, just practice common sense while online and you'll have nothing to worry about.

Can we trust that Sony will only use whatever information they record to enforce its Terms of Service? Probably about as much as we can trust any corporation to keep their word about anything. However, if this ends up making online gaming a better place by holding players accountable for their actions, is this possibly such a bad thing? Anyone who has played games online in the last decade know how foul a large portion of gamers are, and perhaps knowing that their actions are recorded will make them think twice about spouting off hateful and vile words.

What about you, PS4 Experts readers? Do you think it's okay that Sony monitors your PlayStation Network usage? Do you feel this is a violation of your privacy? Do you believe this act is better for the greater good?

Let us know in the comments!

Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 11/14/2013

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so my take is how is this any different from WoW with in game reports of players and glitches and even recovery WoW records this info so they can fix it and help you. Is this not the same thing PS4 is trying to do correct me if I'm wrong

So, pretty much the same as

So, pretty much the same as any MMO as far as the chat is concerned, although the names, locations, times and IP thing may be a bit overkill. As long as the user is aware that it's a public space and they're keeping logs, I don't really have a problem with it, but of course they're probably going to keep that info buried in the user agreements.

It's Wrong....Just Wrong!

I think it is wrong. I understand this is a marking thing they are doing to see how many people are playing various games and get an estimate so they can compare their totals with their competitors. In all they know how many units are sold. I think this is another Marketing tool for Sony plus they want to catch 'Illegal" activity.

dont become like microsoft!

Sony i dont know wtf youre thinking but you really need to stop this! I hope see all our messages and see how pissed off we are about this. This is just wrong and you know it! It seems like this next gen im hearing more and more bad things or policies. It seems kinda like microsoft has been rubbing off on you because to me Microsoft doesnt really care about the gamer and will come up with these messed up policies and then try and justify it. Theres no justification for this and is a total privacy violation! You need to fix this sony!

Could Honestly Care Less

Let them collect all the data they want. Do people really think that SONY or the government really cares about them that they'll be spied on? I mean REALLY? Because they are just so much more special than the other hundreds of millions of people that will be playing PS4. And if the United States Government is actually concerned enough that they want data on someone, they don't need a PlayStation to do it. And frankly, if one of the biggest corporations in the world and/or government organizations are that concerned about what my neighbor is doing, then I'm kind of concerned about what he is doing too. Now I can see how it could be abused, sure. Technology stolen. Secret pictures taken. Personal information stolen. But be real, these people have all the money in the world, the odds of the technology being used for that purpose is astronomical. Doesn't everyone realize that their cell phones already record their whole lives for "big brother"? That's how they tell you how traffic is flowing on the morning news people! If you don't like it, buy a Nintendo64 and shut up! -Convicted Innocent

Nothing New

They are wording it this way so they can legally ban you if you hack your ps4 and play bootleg games online, and as far as capturing your voice and text data, this is nothing new its been done in almost every MMO on the market and if memory serves me MS does and has been doing it for a long while on the Xbox live. I hope and believe the way its worded is to protect the paying customers from hackers cheating on the PSN now that you have to pay to play online.


It does not really matter. Cell phone companies already do this. They record text massages as well as logs of phone calls. These can be subpoenaed any time. The cable company monitors viewing habits as well as network traffic. Most MMO games do this. It is part of the world we live in today.