El33t’s Question of the Day: Do you really care if a government agency watches you play games?

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El33tonline Question of the Day

According to fresh reports and a thoroughly researched 82-page document, the NSA (National Security Agency) of the US has once again been accused of monitoring the behaviour of game players in a variety of environments including Xbox LIVE, World of Warcraft and Second Life.

This follows allegations earlier this year that government agencies in the US had been using technology like the Xbox 360 Kinect to ‘spy’ on users while they played games.

Of course, Microsoft and even Blizzard Entertainment have come forward saying that they aren’t aware of any surveillance activity taking place, both stating rather similarly that “If [surveillance is on-going], it would have been done without our knowledge or permission.”

Our question today is… do you really care if some government agency is monitoring your gaming activity? Unless you’re doing something heinous and highly illegal – which you shouldn’t be doing anyway – is there a cause for concern?

Do you think all citizens of the world will one day be monitored in one way or another? If you’ve got a phone or use the internet these days, you’re already pretty easy to track down.

(If you have a Question of the Day that you would like to put to the community, mail it to oliver[@] and we’ll send it out, with credit of course!)