US Senator writes letter to Oculus Rift requesting transparency after privacy concerns

Oculus Rift

US Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe over his concerns with some of the wording in Oculus Rift’s terms and conditions. The letter requests Oculus explain exactly what information will be taken and how it will be used. 

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Oculus already responded to these concerns, explaining that they were currently using gathered data to improve the VR device. They didn’t rule out passing information along to Facebook for targeted adverts in the future, however.

“I believe Americans have a fundamental right to privacy, and that right includes an individual’s access to information about what data are being collected about them, how the data are being treated, and with whom the data are being shared,” Franken wrote. “As virtual reality technology evolves, I ask that you provide more information on Rift and how Oculus is addressing issues of privacy and security.”

Franken follows this up with a list of requests, asking if the collection of data is neccessary, what the purpose of the collection is, who it will be shared with, and lots more. You can read the full letter here.

Oculus have been given until May 13 to respond.

Thanks, Engadget.