The PlayStation 4 got another firmware update this week, version 5.53, and some of the language included in that update has led to concerns about privacy among PS4 gamers in Europe. The update includes a statement about “additional data” that it is not required to collect in order to ensure properly functioning online services, that includes monitoring which apps you use on your PS4, which parts of the PSN Store you visit, and even which weapons your characters use in games. Needless to say, this left some players a bit uneasy.
While the language included seemed unclear at first, Sony has responded in order to clarify what this update actually means. In a communication with Gamespot, Sony issued the following statement:
It’s always good to see companies being more transparent about the data they collect from us, so kudos to Sony for taking the time to clarify this issue.