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Origin EULA Amended

As noted on GameSpot, the EULA for EA's Origin service has been amended in a clear attempt to allay fears of intrusiveness inspired by launguage it previously contained. The EULA no longer says you must avoid using the service if you don't want your information to be collected, and EA has also removed the portion saying they may "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." It also no longer states that "EA reserves the right to monitor communications on the Application and disclose any information EA deems necessary." And here is some new language that's been added:

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.

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25. Re: Origin EULA Amended Aug 27, 2011, 21:43 007Bistromath
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 19:22:
They already did that, and if you really cared, you'd know that

*hint* google
Google only shows me a bunch of links to places reporting the original story. Maybe try being helpful instead of smug? News that important should be here, so at least send it to blue.

zincthallinide wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 20:26:
My only guess is that they feel it could somehow encourage account selling, which is the other thing about Steam (and other similar services), essentially zero resellability.
The nature of a digital distribution service is such that the ability to resell sets the distributor up for terrible fraud and theft risks without very careful construction. That's before considering the fact that any seller that doesn't actively work against the second-hand market will have a number of publishers and devs walk on it.

Valve tries as best it can to implement pro-consumer policies. Gifting, and the new trading system, aren't enough, but they represent an effort nobody else has been willing to put forth. I fully expect Origin to take several steps backward with respect to these issues.

Thelemite wrote on Aug 27, 2011, 21:18:
If you guys hadn't swallowed Steam as willingly as you swallow Twinkies, a lot of the stuff you blubber about wouldn't exist. Blame yourselves for lacking both foresight and self-control.
I "swallowed" Steam because it does what I want it to do very well when it's not soaked with a huge release, and doesn't impose restrictions or threats that I find onerous. The latter cannot be said of Origin, and unless it proves to be significantly less annoying to use than EADM was, it will not do the former, either.

This comment was edited on Aug 27, 2011, 22:03.
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