So how about that Origin huh! EA’s digital distribution platform has been getting some flak from both gamers and the gaming media, mainly because of dicey sections to their End User License Agreement. The gist of it is that the Origin EULA makes you accept that EA will be able to harvest all sorts information about you and your hardware, and then sell it off to undisclosed third-parties.

This has caused a bit of a backlash from people who are, naturally, comparing EA’s fledgling service to Valve’s behemoth, Steam. While Steam had some teething problems when it launched back in 2003, it is now the digital distribution market’s darling.

Realising that they need to tone down their Big Brother approach, EA has since revised the Origin EULA so that the publishing giant comes off like less of a creepy neighbour with a pair of binoculars. You know the type I’m talking about: that neighbour who watches from their bedroom window while holding a pair of binoculars in one hand and something else in the other. Eeew. Anyway, revised EULA after the jump!

 

“EA knows that you care how information about you is collected, used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. Information about our customers is an important part of our business, and 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 37683v1 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.

In addition to information that you give EA directly, EA collects nonpersonally identifiable (or anonymous) information for purposes of improving our products and services, providing services to you, facilitating the provision of software updates, dynamically served content and product support as well as communicating with you. The non-personally identifiable information that EA collects includes technical and related information that identifies your computer (including the Internet Protocol Address) and operating system, as well as information about your Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware.

As noted above, this information is gathered periodically for purposes such as improving our products and services, troubleshooting bugs, and otherwise enhancing your user experience. 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 or is inconsistent with the terms of EA’s Privacy Policy, the terms of the Privacy Policy shall control.”

Source: Giant Bomb