EA’s Origin service similar to Spyware in many regards?

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So, EA, how much more anger can you wring out of the PC gaming crowd? Well apparently a lot more, because Electronic Arts’ Origin service may actually be just as bad as Spyware because of a number of features that are included without much choice to the user. Originally discovered by Reddit, Destructoid reports that the EULA (End User License Agreement) which you must agree to to install the service, allows EA to snoop around your hard drive and spy on your files.

The terms of service agreement says that EA can not only identify what your computer is, the operating system your using as well your installed/uninstalled software/hardware, but also use this information to pass along to their third party companies for advertising and anything else they see fit. There is no way to avoid this intrusion without completely ignoring Origin, though without it, you will be unable to play Battlefield 3 on PC…

The exact wording in the EULA can be read below:

2. Consent to Collection and Use of Data.

You agree that EA may collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer (including the Internet Protocol Address), operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware, that may be gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, dynamically served content, product support and other services to you, including online services. EA may also use this information combined with personal information for marketing purposes and to improve our products and services. We may also share that data with our third party service providers in a form that does not personally identify you. IF YOU DO NOT WANT EA TO COLLECT, USE, STORE, TRANSMIT OR DISPLAY THE DATA DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION, PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THE APPLICATION. This and all other data provided to EA and/or collected by EA in connection with your installation and use of this Application is collected, used, stored and transmitted in accordance with EA’s Privacy Policy located at www.ea.com. To the extent that anything in this section conflicts with the terms of EA’s Privacy Policy, the terms of the Privacy Policy shall control.

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  • Nearly everyone hates Origin, and the people who don’t hate it don’t actually like it. Someone just tell EA to get their PC games back on Steam for goodness sake.

  • Cellophane Girl

    EA, you done goofed!

    There are to many things that want all your information and access to everything you do on your computer, and I for one just want to use my computer and play my games and have it be no ones business but my own!

  • jaypea360

    EA are kidding themselves if they think origin has even a minute chance against STEAM. I can’t believe how dumb people in such important positions can be. What a bunch of clueless morons.

    Two Words EA…..SHOVE IT!!!!!!

  • You’d be surprised about what some websites are collecting about you. This and more, simply because users are more likely to clear their cookies these days. Even more, I’m assuming that you all are connected to some kind of social network? Those ads that appear on those sites are programmed to use information that you yourself have entered into those websites in such a way as to be relevant to your interests. Did you know that STEAM also collects similar information? Have you ever wondered how they know which titles to recommend to you? Personal data collection is a huge industry, the only way to avoid it is to not sign up to anything.
    EA has to include the section about software management (Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware, that may be gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, dynamically served content, product support and other services to you, including online services.) if they want the program to do as they like, i.e, be able to uninstall and install programs. If you are not giving the information to the service, then it simply can not do that task. Would you like a service that was not able to remove games from your hdd at the click of a button? Furthermore, would you not like your game to notify you, should it be out of date? Yes, the EULA is messy, but, it simply must have your permission to do these things if you want it to run.
    Besides, it’s unlikely that EA are going to do anything unscrupulous with this data, it just has to be worded in such a way as to be clear in a legal sense. All legal documents read this way, it has to 100% clear on what it may be used for, and as such, includes all possibilities.
    This came out way longer than I intended, and I could be wrong about everything that I just said.
    Also, I’m not back, I just found a source of internet for a few hours. I will be returning to regular duty in a few weeks to a month though. 😀

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