After a player referred to Electronic Arts as “the devil” in a forum posting, he found himself blocked from playing Dragon Age 2 on PC. Following a 72-hour ban for “profanity,” developer BioWare declared the action was due to an error and restored his access to the game.
It’s difficult enough to parse a lengthy TOS for one web-based service, let alone for dozens, or to keep track of when and how they update them. It would be nice if some public-service website out there would keep track of this stuff for all of us, wouldn’t it? Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) did just that with the launch of TOSBAck.org, “the terms-of-service tracker.” It tracks TOS agreements for 44 different services, including Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, Twitter, and eBay.