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Origin end-user agreement doesn’t allow you to opt out of data collection

Wednesday, 24th August 2011 15:45 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A user over on The Escapist Forums has read over the end-user license agreement for EA’s Origin, and has found that the service doesn’t allow users to opt out of system information collection, nor data mining.

According to the Consent to Collection and Use of Data clause in the EULA, in order to avoid having your data collected by EA, you simply refrain from installing the service.

Here is the clause causing concern:

2. Consent to Collection and Use of Data.

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. 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.

This and all other data provided to EA and/or collected by EA in connection with your installation and use of this Application is collected, used, stored and transmitted in accordance with EA’s Privacy Policy located at www.ea.com. To the extent that anything in this section conflicts with the terms of EA’s Privacy Policy, the terms of the Privacy Policy shall control.

Note, that the clause doesn’t say EA will be collecting from everyone who installs the services, just that it has the right to do so if it chooses. You agree to this when you install it.

Other online distribution services have similar EULAs in place, and some allow you to opt out, some do not, so in the end – it is up to you to decide how much information you want third-parties to have regarding your system.

Thanks, Blue.

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12 Comments

  1. GrimRita

    As far as SWTWoW is concerned, according to their CM, you dont need to have Origin installed to play it. That will probably change of course.

    http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=8488436#edit8488436

    “Regardless of what other games may choose to do in their integration with Origin’s desktop client, here’s what our situation is:

    You are not required to use the Origin desktop client to download, patch or play the game client for Star Wars: The Old Republic.

    This applies whether you purchase The Old Republic via Origin.com or from a retailer in boxed form. You will not be forced to install the Origin desktop client.

    There are still various consumer benefits to the client itself, but it’s not required for The Old Republic.”

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Gurdil

    Mmmm I wonder if they’re going to change this… Anyway, I know I won’t be using Origin for now then.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 Awesome thanks. That was NOT clear over the past two weeks. Glad that end is cleared up at least. Changing now.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DarkElfa

    Incoming PhoenixBlight Origin defense incoming in 5…4…3…2…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. GrimRita

    @3 np. We all know that what they say today, will probably change by release. I dont believe for one second that EA wont end up forcing this down peoples throats when they get the MMO

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Fin

    OMG BOYCOTT [insert flavour of the month thing to boycott - is it Origin? ok] ORIGIN

    #6 3 years ago
  7. rainer

    Neither does your PS3 or Xbox 360, nerds with half a clue noticing things that been commmon industry practice for a long time.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Hybridpsycho

    @7 People have more ilegal stuff and personal shit hidden on their computer.

    It’s amazing how frightened people are about these kind of things. Personally, I don’t give a fuck. It would be interesting to see what they’ll do with all this though.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    I told you folks Origin was evil ;)

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Jackie

    that’s it, no bf3 for me

    at least not on pc, maybe on the xbox 360 when the price drops to 10 bucks or something

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Gurdil

    @8 I think you’re missing the point. It’s not about being frightened. It’s about not liking that your shit is sold and shared with companies. I’d never mug anyone or rape anyone but I really don’t want CCTV in France (where I live). See? It’s not “OMG I won’t be able to misbehave anymore”, it’s more “WTF? What could possibly justify anyone spying on me all day long?”. Maybe you don’t give a fuck about privacy but those who do don’t always have ill reasons. We just don’t all give the same weight to each principle, that’s it.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    Glad i’m getting BF3 on console, no need to deal with all of this BS.

    #12 3 years ago

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