Surprise EA! Germany Doesn’t Like Having Their Privacy Violated

And neither should anyone else.

People don’t mind being farmed for data, right?  How about wrong?  EA is feeling the heat in Germany where gamers are none to happy about their “all your data are belong to us” Origin EULA.  An Overclocked.net thread has a pretty large collection of news stories regarding the issues, and German users are so upset some are literally burning copies of the game (see image above).  Due to the negative response from German users, Battlefield 3 is the lowest rated game of all time on Amazon, both Amazon and retailers are accepting returns of open copies of the game, and players are calling for a removal of BF3 from store shelves.

EA has suffered at least a 90,000 Euro loss ($124,002.00) at this point, and things don’t appear to be getting better.  EA Germany has responded by “changing” the EULA, but users have already pointed out that the critical points are still the same.  In the video below, one tech savvy user shows Origin scanning server files it has no business scanning:

There used to be an embeded media player here, but it doesn't work anymore. We blame the Tumbeasts.

While the video is in German, it’s not difficult to get the point.  But wait! There’s more!  A more recent version of the Origin EULA (at least in the United States) also takes away your right to class action lawsuit against EA.  You know, in case they get hacked and your data becomes comprised.  But that never happens, right?

So here is my question to you: is it worth it?  Is Battlefield 3 that good that you don’t mind EA snooping around your PC, gathering data that it can sell to its partners to make even more money off of you?  Is it worth giving up your rights?  Do you even care?  Let us know what you think.

Jarret Redding
Jarret Redding
Jarret Redding

Executive Director

Jarret is Executive Director as well as one of the founding members of Mash Those Buttons. He plays all types of games, but tends to lean more toward FPS, Stealth, and Combat games.

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