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More Origin Spyware Accusations

SystemLink has a video from a German gamer (thanks Joao) showing what's alleged to be spyware activity from Origin, EA's online service. This uses a process monitor to attempt to show what sort of data from your system is being reported back to Electronic Arts. Eurogamer has EA's response to this, which denies any wrongdoing:

EA Germany has now updated Origin's terms of service in response to the furore and issued a statement denying its software was spyware.

"We have updated the End User License Agreement of Origin, in the interests of our players to create more clarity," EA Germany announced in a statement yesterday. "Origin is not spyware. Neither do we use nor install spyware on the PCs of users.

"We do not have access to information such as pictures, documents or personal data, which have nothing to do with the execution of the Origin program on the system of the player, neither will they be collected by us.

"EA takes the privacy of its users very seriously. We have taken every precaution to protect the personal and anonymous user data collected."

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16. Re: More Origin Spyware Accusations Nov 1, 2011, 23:55 Satoru
 
Prez wrote on Nov 1, 2011, 22:15:
Steam may very well do the same thing. I honestly couldn't tell you what data Steam collects. I don't get any Gabe Newell-endorsed erectile dysfunction product emails, so I just don't worry about it. As much as I detest EA and Origin, I'm trying to think what data they could collect from my PC that would bother me or somehow affect me and I'm coming up empty. Though that could just be because I am extraordinarily dull in every way...

It's pretty easy to replicate the behavior in the video. Just google Process Monitor and download it from Microsoft. Filter for Steam.exe and run the program. You'll see it accesses some windows dlls and mostly stuff from the Steam directory.

Then do the same but replace the filter with Origin.exe. It will suddenly start scanning EVERYTHING in program files.
 
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