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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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51. Re: More Origin Spyware Accusations Nov 2, 2011, 11:45 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 11:37:
Beamer wrote on Nov 2, 2011, 10:18:
Yes, sifting it, aggregating it and serving you ads based upon it.

More than this, it even influences the results of your search. Try searching the same word/phrase on two different machines (like yours and your girlfriend's/wife's). We found out that we got different results. Even this is influenced by your former use of google.

Yeah. And when I read a few hockey articles on Yahoo it will start putting them in the top news for me. Thinks like this can be convenient.

It's only when it's forcibly tied to my real name that it bothers me, which is why I hate Google right now. They forcibly try to combine all your logins so that your YouTube account is tied to your gmail, etc. I don't want that.
But if you want to track me as a number sure, whatever. Just don't be stupid like AOL and leak that out as proof that it can't be traced.
 
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