You’d think requiring Origin to play Battlefield 3 on the PC is enough bad spin for EA. Well, it gets worse actually.
An eagle eyed user over at The Escapist Forums found a rather disturbing tidbit in the end-user license agreement. That’s the part where you probably just click “I Agree” and be done with it.
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.
I essence though, it goes like this: 1) Do you want to play Battlefield 3? 2) Do you want your personal data collected periodically? You can only answer yes to both or no to both; you can’t pick both yes and no when using Origin and Battlefield 3. It says right at the end, in caps, that if you don’t want them to mine your data, then don’t install Origin. So unless Valve persuades EA to let Battlefield 3 onto Steam somehow, you’re stuck with what? Modern Warfare 3?
Of course, the legal jargon only specifies it has the right to collect your personal information, not that it will. So yeah, it’s like I have the right to read my friend’s diary when I want to, not that I will.