Gamers Beware – The Hidden Spy in Battlefield 3

Some computer programme manufacturers are getting more cheeky by the day, but currently, EA Games are the champions. I ordered their new game Battlefield 3 in high hopes of a great gaming experience, only to find that if I installed it on my computer, I was allowing EA access to ALL my private data, to be used as they wish!!!!

Maybe A Great Game - BUT BEWARE!

Needless to say, I flatly refuse to allow my personal data to be used by anyone, and have returned the game to the sales point. I will seriously consider not buying any more games from EA if this is the way things are going, and I am sure these sentiments are shared by anyone else who read the Terms and Conditions of Battlefield 3.

The following is an excerpt from their Terms and Conditions:

“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 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” It’s not over yet – “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.”

Origin Engine

You must accept these conditions, which are found on the game engine called Origin, before you can install the game. It would seem from the latest news that sales of this long-awaited game have gone through the roof, but I bet most buyers never bothered to read the Agreement but just clicked on OK!

This is outrageous! How can any company be so blatant about helping themselves by sifting through all the files on your computer and then ‘selling’ the data to third parties whenever they feel like it. This has to be one of the worst cases of invasion of privacy ever to come from a computer programme company, and personally, I wonder if its even legal! Surely we have privacy laws to protect us from this kind of outrage? If that is the case, then someone should start enforcing them!

Keep Your Sticky Fingers OFF!

EA Games have made some of the finest games in the business, and to my mind rank among the very best (not including their after sales service), but, and its a big but, this goes way above anything anyone has tried to get away with before. Yes, some companies do like to gather information from users for use in marketing and such, but nothing on this scale.

It seems that these days, it is absolutely essential to read carefully the fine print when purchasing a game, if you wish to keep anything private on your computer that is. I feel sorry for those gamers, of which there must be many, who just click ‘Yes’ when they get to the Terms and Conditions. This whole episode shows clearly how dangerous that can be!

Roy.

2 Responses to “Gamers Beware – The Hidden Spy in Battlefield 3”

  1. none of the info can identify you which is all i care about. Many software and game vendor have the EXACT same terms and conditions, read them up. They gather your system information, not your surfing habits or your emails or passwords or anything else. ALL SERVER GATHER YOUR IP.. MICROSOFT itself gathers your application and system environment settings and usage statistics this is nothing new….btw CoD SUX so scare tactics will not work!

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    • Hi Jim,
      Sorry for the delay in posting your comment, but I have been busy. I agree with much of what you say, but I think this time they have gone a little too far. I especially have a problem with the phrase “combined with personal information” . I do not agree that all companies have the same agreement, but I do agree that much of the date relating to ” operating system, application usage software, software usage and peripheral hardware” is normal. I do not agree with this but am forced to if I wish to play the game. In my opinion, these companies have for many years overstepped the privacy laws and the only way to stop it is for people not to buy the games. The post is not written as a scare tactic, merely to warn people they should be more careful. As I mentioned, most people don’t even bother to read the Agreement and just click on ‘OK’. I do not agree with your overall assessment of CoD but when it comes to CoD Black Ops, I do. That really did suck!
      Roy.

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