Razer Synapse 2.0 Software DRM

If you have a Razer mouse and are thinking about updating the software to version 2.0, you may want to read the company’s new terms of service.  That’s because buried behind that wall of text that nobody ever bothers to read is a tidbit that says you give the company full rights to sell whatever information they gather on your usage of the product.  From Razer’s privacy policy:

By using Razer Synapse 2.0 (“Synapse”), the Subscriber agrees that Razer may collect aggregate information, individual information, and personally identifiable information. Razer may share aggregate information and individual information with other parties. Razer shall not share personally identifiable information with other parties, except as described in the policy below.

This and the near always-on requirement to use the full features of the mice are causing quite a stir with various users.  Ars Technica has a wonderful write-up about the situation.

The products that are able to handle Synapse 2.0 according to Razer are:

  • Razer Abyssus
  • Razer BlackWidow
  • Razer Blade
  • Razer Cyclosa
  • Razer DeathAdder
  • Razer Naga Epic
  • Razer Naga
  • Razer Naga Hex
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic mouse, headset, and keyboard

Razer is trying to put out the fire by stating they’ll be making legacy drivers available to download “shortly.”

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