Sony’s terms of service creates the SpyStation 3

It looks like there’s more to the new terms of service Sony put out a few days ago. We know Sony reserves the right to take whatever we make online for itself, but there’s an even more interesting term that got overlooked. Under article three entitled Community Code of Conduct, Sony explains how anything we say or do over the network can, and probably will, be recorded whether we like it or not.

The exact words are, “SCEA reserves the right to monitor and record any online activity and communication throughout PSN and you give SCEA your express consent to monitor and record your activities. SCEA reserves the right to remove any content and communication from PSN at SCEA’s sole discretion without further notice to you. Any data collected in this way, including the content of your communications, the time and location of your activities, your Online ID and IP address and other related information may be used by us to enforce this Agreement or protect the interests of SCEA, its users, or licensors. Such information may be disclosed to the appropriate authorities or agencies. Any other use is subject to the terms of the applicable Privacy Policy.”

Is it me or does this remind anyone else of something Skynet might do? Let’s try not to look at this as being a way for the people at Sony to listen to us complain about how some girl (or boy) isn’t returning our phone calls or text messages. From a business standpoint Sony can listen to what we say and where we go on the web and get ideas about products to make without sending out surveys that no one will fill out. The whole thing is still a bit creepy though.

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