Warning: *privacy not included with this product
Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset
Review date: 11/02/2020
Facebook's Oculus Quest 2 VR headset lets you place games inside the game. Immerse yourself in virtual reality as you climb tall mountains, battle bad guys, or have a lightsaber fight with Lord Vader. Just be careful not to get too carried away and break your walls or your neck. Be warned, Facebook now requires you to have a Facebook account to use the Oculus Quest 2. And they can and probably will use that account to generate lots more data about you. That's just what Facebook does.
What could happen if something goes wrong
Facebook--the maker of the Oculus--has a history of betraying users' privacy and trust. They've faced record fines for this and have been caught hiding privacy breaches from their users. Just as recently as September, 2020, 90 million Facebook user accounts may have been impacted by a security issue where attackers were able to take over these accounts. This is the starting point for bringing a device with both cameras and microphones that will be mapping and collecting a lot of data about you and your home environment. Users also can't use the VR headset without a Facebook account. That is problematic again, because we know Facebook is always tracking you. The question comes down to, does Facebook have your best interests at heart when it collects all the data this device is capable of collecting. In the past--from Cambridge Analytica and beyond--the answer to that question has way too often been, NO. This device comes with *Privacy Not Included.
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
Facebook account is required
What data does it collect?
Name, email, phone number
Physical features (hand size)
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
The Cambridge Analytica data leak (where millions of Facebook users' personal data was harvested without consent by Cambridge Analytica) is old news. Most recently, in September of 2020, 90 million accounts may have been impacted by an security issue where attackers were able to take over user accounts.
Can this product be used offline?
This product can be used offline if using an app that does not require an internet connection.
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Facebook has a Responsible Researchand Disclose Policy and a bug bounty program, which means that anyone who finds a security issue and discloses it responsibly may get paid. https://www.facebook.com/whitehat
Oculus has a privacy center where users can fine-tune their privacy settings:
Does the product use AI?
Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?
Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?
AI enables augmented and virtual reality. https://ai.facebook.com/blog/powered-by-ai-oculus-insight/