Nintendo: Give Us Info or F**k Off! [Updated]

It really annoys when people contradict themselves and especially world renown companies like Nintendo who have recently sent out emails announcing a change in their privacy policy, you usually just accept without batting an eyelid as it tends to be more beneficial to you, but Nintendo appear to have some kind of alternative agenda.

The question you will need to ask yourself is, how much do you value your Stars, registering products, and most importantly, your Club Nintendo account? If you think ‘meh, I don’t care, I’ll just login when I want to blah blah’, you ought to care, because you won’t even have an account otherwise.

Dear Nintendo fan,
At Nintendo we respect the privacy rights of our online visitors and we recognise the importance of protecting your personal details. To allow us to implement additional features on our website, to improve our products and to adapt them to our users’ needs and preferences, we need your permission to gather information about your online activities on our website and with Nintendo products.

Please review our new Privacy Policy by logging into your Club Nintendo account. Once you have read the information displayed upon logging in, please use the appropriate buttons to either ACCEPT or DECLINE this new Privacy Policy.

Please note that if we haven’t received your answer by 31st May, 2011, or if you choose to DECLINE our new Privacy Policy, you will from that day onwards no longer be able to use your Stars in the Stars Catalogue, as we will be forced to deactivate your Club Nintendo membership. No matter what you decide, you can still use your Stars and enjoy all the other benefits of Club Nintendo membership until 31st May, 2011.

We look forward to seeing you again on our website soon, and hope you will enjoy the new generation in videogaming together with us!

Your Nintendo team

So… um, yeah, Nintendo respect your privacy, that’s why they want to gather information about your online activities? Does that mean they want to stick a tracking cookie on your computer to see where you go and what you do or am I reading it wrong and being paranoid?

I guess it does just mean what you do on the Nintendo website, but I’m not so sure as I haven’t actually read the updated policy, it just seems rather harsh to tell you to either accept the policy or your account will go bye-byes and more so if you don’t even login before May 31st.

Do you think it’s some kind of tracking cookie they’ll be planting? Have you read the policy and can provide more info? Have you stuck the proverbial middle finger up to Nintendo and told them where to stick it? Please feel free to login with the account of your choice in the Disqus comment system below and say what you think about it!

[Update] Ok, so I logged in to be greeted by…
So what that means is, it’s just so that they can gather everything you do on the 3DS? If you don’t, regardless of whether you have a 3DS or not, your account will be deleted… way to screw people over, Nintendo.