Mario Kart Live Home Circuit

Mario Kart Live Home Circuit

Nintendo
Wi-Fi Bluetooth

Review date: Nov. 8, 2021

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Not creepy

Mario Kart is super fun! Crushing your friends at the last minute before you cross the finish line, there's nothing better. Nintendo created Mario Kart Live Home Circuit so you can do a little real-life Mario Kart racing in your living room. Build a racing course in your house out of gates, blocks, pillows, stuffed animals or your little brother. Then use your Nintendo Switch to race a real life car around your house and on your Switch. Sounds super fun. There were some privacy questions raised when the game was launched about the cars taking picture and mapping your home. Nintendo promises they don't take detailed maps of users homes or process information about users' locations. Given Nintendo's pretty good track record around all things privacy, we'd say you're probably safe to trust them.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Last year after Nintendo released their mixed reality game Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit it raised some privacy concerns. The game uses a real-life car to play and that car drives around your home, mapping it and taking pictures. Privacy watchdog Access Now called on Nintendo to clearly state what data the game collects and how it will protect the privacy of gamers who play this game. Here is Nintendo's response to Access Now's privacy concerns: “Nintendo knows that privacy is very important to its customers and takes its responsibility to protect customer information seriously. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit does not create detailed maps of users’ homes, nor does it collect or process information about a user’s location, home or surroundings. Any other reports that describe the technology as collecting this or similar information are incorrect.”

Nintendo does a pretty good job with privacy, security, and parental controls. They did have a data breach in 2020 where 300,000 accounts were compromised and attackers gained access to users personal information, including date of birth and email addresses.

It’s also good to be aware that while Nintendo doesn't sell your data to third parties, they do say they can share your data with some third parties for things such as advertising, which is pretty normal. They also say they may collect information about you from other sources, including sources that sell information. And if you log into your social media through your Nintendo, they say they may collect information from these third parties. Finally, some of the games you play on the Switch made by other companies might be collecting and sharing your data, so keep an eye on that. It’s always good to opt out of data sharing when you can. All in all, we’re not too worried about the privacy of Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, so race away.

Tips to protect yourself

mobile Privacy warning Security A.I.

Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: Yes

App: No

Microphone

Device: No

App: No

Tracks location

Device: No

App: No

What can be used to sign up?

You need a Nintendo Switch to play the game

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Nintendo says it does not sell your personal information to third parties. When you play games offered through other companies on the platform, you may share your data with those third parties.

The game uses a real-life car to play and that car drives around your home, mapping it and taking pictures. Privacy watchdog Access Now has called on Nintendo to clearly state what data the game collects and how it will protect the privacy of gamers who play this game. Here is Nintendo's recent reponse to Access Now's privacy concerns: “Nintendo knows that privacy is very important to its customers and takes its responsibility to protect customer information seriously. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit does not create detailed maps of users’ homes, nor does it collect or process information about a user’s location, home or surroundings. Any other reports that describe the technology as collecting this or similar information are incorrect.”

How can you control your data?

You can request that your data be deleted.

What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?

Needs Improvement

In April 2020, 300,000 Nintendo accounts were compromised in a data breach which granted the attackers access to users personal information, including date of birth and email addresses.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

No

*privacy not included

Dive Deeper

  • Augmented reality & augmented risks: why AR is a digital rights issue
    Access Now
  • 10 things we learned about Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, Nintendo’s mixed reality racer
    The Verge
  • How to Manage PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox Privacy Settings
    New York Times
  • Nintendo Switch: How to Turn Off Data Sharing via Google Analytics
    Gadgets 360
  • How to Stop Nintendo From Sharing Your eShop Data With Google Analytics
    Lifehacker
  • Nintendo now says 300,000 accounts breached by hackers
    TechCrunch

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