Updated Sony Software Usage Terms Reveal How They Are Monitoring the PSN

November 11, 2013Written by Jason Dunning


In the shadow of the PlayStation 4 launch this month, the UK PlayStation site has updated their Software Usage Terms, revealing how they are monitoring the PSN, “but we can’t monitor all PSN activity and we make no commitment to do so.” With this though, they do “reserve the right in our sole discretion to monitor and record any or all of your PSN activity and to remove any of your UGM (User Generated Media) at our sole discretion, without further notice to you.”

The Terms continue:

Your use of PSN and our community features may be recorded and collected by us or sent to us by other users as described in 13.1. Any information collected in this way, for example, your UGM, the content of your voice and text communications, video of your gameplay, the time and location of your activities, and your name, your PSN Online ID and IP address, may be used by us or our affiliated companies to enforce these Terms and the SEN Terms of Service, to comply with the law, to protect our rights and those of our licensors and users, and to protect the personal safety of our employees and users. This information may be passed to the police or other appropriate authorities. By accepting these Software Usage Terms, you expressly consent to this.

Looking at 13.1, it appears as though the monitoring will include grief reporting for PSN messages and in-game levels or assets.

Also in the Terms, if Sony decides to turn off online support for a game, “we will endeavour to announce that decision with at least 90 days’ notice via our game forums and at eu.playstation.com/gameservers.”

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