EA’s Origin EULA Has Gamers Worried

EA’s Origin EULA Has Gamers Worried


“OMG! Spyware!”

This is what gamers who have been reading the EULA for Origin, EA’s new downloadable game service, have been saying. It may not be spyware exactly, but it does bring up some concerns for those who are protective of their privacy.

The EULA reads as such:

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.

EA reserves the right to monitor communications on the Application and disclose any information EA deems necessary to (i) ensure your compliance with this License; (ii) satisfy any applicable law, regulation or legal process; (iii) protect the rights, property and interests of EA, its employees or the public. EA also reserves the right to edit, refuse to transfer and/or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in EA’s sole discretion.

Some argue that this allows EA to monitor the usage of programs not related to Origin. It also allows EA to see what websites you have been viewing, and whether or not you have been torrenting things you shouldn’t.

Needless to say, people aren’t happy about this.

By Angelo M. D’Argenio

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