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Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games

EA's Origin service can automatically find EA games on your system and add them to your Origin profile, reports Day One Patch, as a user reports finding a copy of Dead Space 2 purchased through Steam in their Origin account. In reporting this news, Joystiq has declared the process benign: "Origin is known to check out the file names on users' computers -- without reading or transmitting any private information back to EA, of course -- and it now uses that power to streamline your EA games lists. In other words, EA is using its power for good. And to better market its own titles."

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23. Re: Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games Feb 28, 2012, 11:20 theyarecomingforyou
 
Alamar wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 10:59:
In many ways, reading the registry could have more of a security impact... Either way, I'm sure someone will watch procmon closely and let us (the world) know the results if they find anything...
I'm highly critical of what EA is doing with Origin but there is nothing wrong with a company accessing the registry keys created by its own games, especially when it is being done to benefit the user.

Creston wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 11:00:
I'm pretty sure that I never allowed EA to scan my system at will, and who guarantees me that that's all they're scanning? Somehow I seriously doubt that EA is ONLY scanning in the registry key called EA, and I also seriously doubt that it's only doing so with List access.
I assume it's covered in the EULA, though it's not really reasonable to expect people to read it.

Creston wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 11:00:
Instead of doing this automatically, why not pop up a little box in Origin that explains what the process does, and asks if you want it to do this, yes or no?
Exactly. They should have done this anyway, as what happens if you're logged into somebody else's Steam account? And if you're going to do something that benefits the user then you may as well flaunt it in their face and tell them what a good company you are. It's bizarre that they'd hide it.
 
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