Gaming communities, sites and forums have started the process of protest and boycotting EA's Origin service. And, no, this time it's not related to which games EA is pulling off of Steam and hosting on their marketplace.
Instead, one user read over the terms of service when they downloaded and were about to install Origin. Turns out, there's an entire section that states that EA has the right to monitor the programs and content you use, download and access on your computer for as long as Origin is installed. Will they collect the data? Maybe. But once you install the application, you've agreed to their right to your information.
Here's the section in question, as posted on The Escapist Forums… we've bolded the big points:
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.
In an age of constant monitoring and data collection, this current gamer movement hopes to make data mining a choice. Most folks are looking to have EA let gamers opt in or out of this data collection process rather than automatically being subject to it.
The folks at r/Gaming on Reddit are suggesting gamers take to writing letters as the strongest form of protest. We tend to agree. Head to the link directly above to snag a slew of addresses and letter writing ideas.
Where do you stand on this move by Origin? Will you be using the service? Does this make you wish you'd never installed it to begin with?