With all the news and discussion regarding Facebook, the activities of Cambridge Analytica and data privacy in general it was an inevitability that eyes – particularly those with an interest in the immersive technology sector – would turn to Oculus VR.
Many have wondered just what changes might be in store for the Facebook owned virtual reality (VR) company, how they would (and if they would even need to) react, considering all that has been revealed over at their parent organisation and the action they themselves have taken. Given the collection of data over on Facebook, a number of those within the VR community have voiced concerns as to what data Oculus VR/Facebook might be accruing and how it could, theoretically, be used.
Changes are three-fold; Firstly there’s the introduction of a new section in the Oculus account “My Privacy Centre”. As the name implies, it’s a new location where you’ll be able to learn just what your current privacy settings are and make changes. You can also view that collected about you by Oculus VR and download a copy of what exactly they have/know.
– We’ve given you more information about the services we provide, including how we use data to deliver them to you.
– We’ve provided more information about the code of conduct that we expect all Oculus users to follow to help everyone have a safe and fun experience in virtual reality.
– We’ve provided information about how we use content that you share on Oculus across the Facebook Company Products.
The third aspect revolves around the addition of a Code of Conduct to the terms. For those concerned the blog also includes an FAQ where the company answers many questions regarding what data is shared (in both directions) between Oculus VR and Facebook, the removal of information on deleting an Oculus account and Oculus VR’s policy regarding what data can be identified as belong to an individual or not. In terms of third party use it mentions how such shared data goes into its PC and Mobile Hardware Reports that it revealed last month and its Guardian System.
No doubt there will still be many questions to come, both as things develop with Facebook’s situation and immersive technology itself develops over time. Oculus VR, however acknowledge that whatever happens it is on them to make sure people are in-the-know.
“We are building the future of VR and AR, and it’s our responsibility to tell people how we use their information for our products and for their VR experience. Today’s updates are about providing more transparency.
VRFocus will bring further developments very soon.