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16 Oct 2020

Daniel Leufer, Gaspar Pisanu, Estelle Massé & Isedua Oribhabor, Access Now

Open letter: Nintendo’s commitment to privacy on AR developments

We are writing to you in light of the recently announced launch of ​Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit designed in partnership with Velan Studios, which could have serious implications for the privacy of our homes and the protection of our personal data.

Video games and gaming platforms impact human rights in many ways. Nearly ten years have passed since a massive hack ​brought the world’s attention​ to the sheer amount of data held in your sector, demonstrating your power over personal privacy and security...

While augmented reality promises to open a range of new possibilities for gaming, it also has the potential to amplify risks and create new ones. In the case of ​Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit​, we understand that it must create a detailed map of users’ homes in order to function. This raises many concerns regarding users’ privacy... With this latest venture into augmented reality gaming, we want to make sure that users are protected from the start.