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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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39. Re: More Origin Spyware Accusations Nov 2, 2011, 09:30 El Pit
 
briktal wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 08:54:
On the other hand, what important influence does EA theoretically knowing you have program x installed have in the stuff that really matters in their lives?

Why would I want them to know what websites I visit regularly? Most of us guys watch internet porn, so why would I want them to know that I like "girls-with-huge-boobies.com" (I hope that website doesn't exist! I made this up!)? Why would I want them to know what my e-mail software is? Or what other games I play?
Unless Origin can come up with a reason why they absolutely need to know more about my "life online", I don't want them to know about it. And whenever they gather any information outside the games I bought via Origin, I want them to ask and give me the opportunity to say "NO" without any consequences.
 
Consoles? I owned two: a Pong clone and an Atari 2600. And that's it.
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