US gamers angry over 3DS terms

US gamers are reportedly furious at Nintendo’s privacy terms and conditions for 3DS.

That’s according to a report in Metro, that said Nintendo legally owns all users’ content – including messages, information and images. It also logs personal data such as names, ages and addresses.

According to the paper, angry 3DS owners are sending cardboard bricks to Nintendo in protest.

Yet what the article doesn’t reveal is that this data policy only affects North America. EU law forbids Nintendo from having the rights to user content.

A spokesperson told MCV: Nintendo would like to reassure any concerned consumers that under our European terms and conditions and in compliance with European requirements Nintendo does not have rights to user content, such as comments, messages, images, photos or movies, which are shared in private communications between users or simply stored on Nintendo 3DS."

The platform holder also said that it is committed to looking after its users’ privacy settings.

The spokesperson added: "Nintendo is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and reliable entertainment experience for our users. We are transparent about our practices, and we are committed to protecting our users’ privacy and respecting intellectual property laws.

"The Nintendo 3DS is available in three versions for the Japanese, American and European/Australian region. The European version of the Nintendo 3DS is tailored to comply with the European requirements. Please visit to view the European terms and conditions"

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