Over the past week, there has been a huge backslash towards EA and their Origin End User Licensee Agreement, which gave EA the right to snoop your computer for all kinds of information and sell it to third parties. The news quickly spread across many gaming sites, including BF3blog.
Apparently, EA has listened to the complaints and has updated their EULA for Origin. It now includes the following addition:
“EA would never sell your personally identifiable information to anyone, nor would it ever use spyware or install spyware on users’ machines. We and agents acting on our behalf do not share information that personally identifies you without your consent, except in rare instances where disclosure is required by law or to enforce EA’s legal rights.”
In addition to that, while EA will still collect data about your PC system, they removed the clause that gave them the right to use the data for marketing purposes.
The new Origin EULA went into effect last Wednesday, and is the result of an outcry from gamers and the gaming community, including us here at BF3blog, EA’s forums, and a group on Reddit. While the EULA still gives EA the right to collect vast amounts of data from you, they won’t sell it to third parties. At least, that’s what they say.
Origin is a big part of Battlefield 3, as it will be required to play the game regardless of where it’s purchased.
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