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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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49. Re: More Origin Spyware Accusations Nov 2, 2011, 11:32 Verno
 
briktal wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 10:39:
And taking this back to your original statement, where do you draw the line of what matters and doesn't where you would agree to let some company gather all this information in order for you to access something. You say playing a game isn't important enough for you to hand over this info, so what is?

The line to be drawn is easy, where the functionality to provide the service stops. Companies do not need to do any of the things I mentioned to provide you with entertainment and they know full well that it's not an expected part of the contract and will piss people off, hence why its obscured in legalese.

You claimed the data is theoretically valueless so people shouldn't be upset but if the data had no value then the company wouldn't want to collect it. It doesn't need to make an impact on someones life for them to hold the perfectly valid opinion that the company has no right to it. I can't make it any clearer than that.
 
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