Club Nintendo Changes Privacy Policy

Nintendo’s Club Nintendo has revised its privacy policy related to online access via its new 3DS hand-held. Nintendo is asking users via an email circulated today to accept a brand new privacy policy that lets it share personal member information with Nintendo Japan. Members must accept the new terms by May 31 or face losing their accounts. There is apparently no way to opt out of these new terms. From the web site:

"The amendment of the Club Nintendo privacy policy was necessary due to the launch of the new Nintendo 3DS system which offers a broad variety of network services. As you can link your Club Nintendo account to your Nintendo 3DS system, we adjusted the existing privacy policy to reflect and explain this.

Under the new Club Nintendo Privacy Policy we ask for your consent to share your data with our parent company Nintendo Co Ltd in Japan. The Nintendo 3DS system offers many new and exciting features and applications which we cannot provide to you without involving our parent company. As you can link your Club Nintendo account to your Nintendo 3DS system, the involvement of our parent company also affects Club Nintendo."

Nintendo insists that it will not share user information with any other party beyond Nintendo Japan and promises privacy:

"We will take all necessary steps to ensure that your privacy is protected."

Source: Edge

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