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The Hill: Franken presses for privacy info on Oculus Rift

Friday, April 8, 2016
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Sen. Al Franken, top Democrat on the Senate Privacy and Technology Subcommittee, believes that privacy is a fundamental right for all Americans, which is why he is pressing the makers of the Oculus Rift—a new virtual reality technology—to explain how they plans to protect users' data.

Sen. Franken, top Democrat on the Senate Privacy and Technology Subcommittee, believes that privacy is a fundamental right for all Americans, which is why he is pressing the makers of the Oculus Rift—a new virtual reality technology—to explain how they plans to protect users' data.

In a letter to Oculus Rift, Sen. Franken asked the company to explain what data they are collecting, how it's being used, and what measures they are taking to safeguard the sensitive information. Oculus Rift has the capability of collecting and sharing users' personal information—such as sensitive location data and physical movement and dimensions.

The Hill reported:

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is pressing the company Oculus VR to answer more questions about its collection and sharing of information gathered from customers who purchase its virtual reality headset.

Franken's questions come just a week after the Oculus Rift virtual reality setup began shipping to homes. In his letter to the company's CEO, the senator asked how and why it shares information about customers' location and physical movements.

He also asked which companies Oculus, which is owned by Facebook, sells anatomized data to and what kind of privacy protections the company has in place.

"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," he said in his letter.

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