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EA's EULA for Origin revised
Posted: 28.08.2011 15:44 by Comments: 7
Electronic Arts has revised the language of their digital distribution service Origin, after the outcry from users over the intrusiveness, perceived or real.


The EULA stated, "You agree that EA may collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer (including the Internet Protocol Address), operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware, that may be gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, dynamically served content, product support and other services to you, including online services. EA may also use this information combined with personal information for marketing purposes and to improve our products and services. We may also share that data with our third party service providers in a form that does not personally identify you."

The EULA now reads, "EA knows that you care how information about you is collected, used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. Information about our customers is an important part of our business, and EA would never sell your personally identifiable information to anyone, nor would it ever use spyware or install spyware on users' machines."

The flowery language and use of words like "care", "appreciate", and "carefully and sensibly" doesn't answer the question of whether they will not share the data, even if it's anonymous.
Source: GameSpy
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Comments

By unsilviu (SI Core) on Aug 28, 2011
unsilviu
They should be prohibited from using relative words in a legal text, IMO.
By MindCoil (SI Veteran Member) on Aug 28, 2011
MindCoil
Uh... doesn't seem much better. How about not storing or using any data that identifies a user. And what is considered data to them? The whole computer? Need to be more specific.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Aug 29, 2011
herodotus
So no change, just a revision in the legalese. In other words, a big middle finger to the gamer.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Aug 30, 2011
FoolWolf
Well they changed a bit - and since they are no worse then others now - the fight has moved from Origin to governments and industry as a complete arena...
By pjv (SI Newbie) on Aug 30, 2011
pjv
Wow, who reads that? Haha just kidding.
By boarsarecool (SI Newbie) on Aug 31, 2011
boarsarecool
Does any one read the EULA?
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Sep 01, 2011
FoolWolf
Yes