Welcome to Gaming After Hours: A freelancing website where future journalist express themselves and get noticed.
Sony’s updated terms and conditions reveal that the company can actively monitor and record communication between players.
Sony’s new Software Usage Terms entitled ‘Are we monitoring PSN?’, but clarifies that they can’t monitor all PSN activities. Sony explains that they reserve the right to “monitor and record” your PSN activities. Please don’t be too alarmed as this information isn’t being used to spy on you but to protect Sony from probably cause and “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.”
The full statement on Sony’s site reads as follows:
source: uk playstation
Are we monitoring PSN?
Yes but we can’t monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so. However, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM at our sole discretion, without further notice to you.
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.
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.