The PS4 is a gaming console that allows you to play games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last of Us, Spiderman, and more, either alone or online with your friends. You can also use it as a Blu-ray player, Netflix box, or a Spotify hub. The console can be purchased for $299 to $399 depending on the model.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
A database made up of over 773 million emails and passwords were made public on the internet for a period of time. Data included account credentials from Amazon, PSN, Xbox Live, and many more.
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
Someone could hack into your Playstation account and buy games using your credit card if you do not secure your account with two-factor authentication. Also, some third-party companies who produce games for PS4 may collect and share some personal data if you play their games. Be aware of these risks if you choose to purchase this product.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Sony claims it does not share your Playstation data with third parties for commercial or marketing purposes. However, games offered through other companies on the platform may collect some data.
- Unrivaled game library.
- Support for most video streaming apps.
- Lacks 4k support.
- Some data may be shared with companies who create the games you play.
Sony seems to do a decent job protecting the personal data of its users as it only shares de-identified data with third parties for product improvement purposes and commercial opportunities. Its subsidiary, Sony Pictures, was hacked in 2014, but as it is a different company, no personal information should have been exposed. Your data should be safe when using Sony products.