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Thursday, 25 August 2011 11:21

EA can scan your hard drive and flog contents to advertisers

Written by Nick Farell
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Small print of our time
The EULA of EA’s new game service, Origin, has some spectacular clauses which would mean you would have to be insane to sign up for it.

Under the title of “Consent to Collection and Use of Data”, you give EA permission to “collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer, operating system, application usage, software, software usage and peripheral hardware.”

Under the agreement EA may use this information combined with personal information for marketing purposes and to improve its products and services. But it will also flog the information to advertisers who can send you lots of spam based on the contents of your hard-drive.

To make sure that users get the message it puts a warning in capitals. “ IF YOU DO NOT WANT EA TO COLLECT, USE, STORE, TRANSMIT OR DISPLAY THE DATA DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION, PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THE APPLICATION.”

Companies that do this to their customers really do deserve to have their products left on the shelves or never downloaded. Still at least users can say they were warned.

More here.
Last modified on Thursday, 25 August 2011 11:33
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+8 #1 Silentwalker 2011-08-25 11:53
Oh noes! My porn!! >.
 
 
+7 #2 willie 2011-08-25 12:23
so dont buy battlefield 3?
 
 
0 #3 Wolfdale 2011-08-25 12:36
so basically, EA will be building a list of people who have illegal and pirated software and content for the gov so they can come sue your ass..

right..
 
 
+2 #4 milkod2001 2011-08-25 12:46
[quote name="Wolfdale"]so basically, EA will be building a list of people who have illegal and pirated software and content for the gov so they can come sue your ass..

right..[/quote
no, they don't give a sh...about your pirated software unless it's their games but they may use your personal informations or any data and sell it to advertisers=loads of span comming to your email etc. which is not very nice...

if u don't agree with that,u can't install Origin=can't play B3 online=BS
 
 
-3 #5 yourma2000 2011-08-25 14:17
You'll find these type of words in pretty much any EULA for major software companies, I remember the iTunes EULA telling you not to use their software for production of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. They probably wont collect information from you, but say they need a bit of marketing information to help develop origin then they'll start collecting information such as "how often you purchase a game", "how much you usually spend on a game" etc etc, stuff like what software you or peripherals you use is highly unlikely to be written down but if they ever have a reason to do so for marketing then that EULA is there to give them permission in the future should they need it.
 
 
-8 #6 Warrior24_7 2011-08-25 15:24
:D Waaahahahaha!!! If it's not one thing it's another with this game. The EULA has been saying $h!t like that for years... but nobody reads it, ever, and they know that! So by default, just loading the game or downloading the service means you agree to it. Nobody told you to be stupid. You just install and it automatically goes into effect. When I used to argue with pirates I pointed to this exact same thing. Although you purchased the game, you don't even own it! You're "licensing" the game or "IP"! Yep! This also happens in other areas not just gaming where your information and data are collected and sold. Read people! :D Bwaahahahahahah a!!! In the end is gonna matter anyway? Nope! Because people talk $h!t here and will buy the game anyway!!!
 
 
+2 #7 gsacks 2011-08-25 15:57
I don't game much anymore (no time), but if I did, this is the kind of thing that would drive me to console gaming, even though I always preferred the PC as a platform. I do own a PS3, but rarely use it.
 
 
+2 #8 123s 2011-08-25 17:05
Pretty awesome how they can dictate the people who wasted their money on their product around without much objection.
 
 
+3 #9 techno 2011-08-25 17:15
Is it possible to run the Origin application "sandboxed"?

Would that stop it?
 
 
+3 #10 vkozyrev 2011-08-25 17:42
EA is a gaming monopoly - so they feel like doing anything they like... It is time to break them into a few independent companies with quality/customer focus.
 

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