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Origin is not stealing your info and selling it

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Unless someone wants to take the time to figure out what's going on, don't just go off spouting crap off because you hate EA.
You think people like yourself don't work at EA and want games to succeed ? Or EA is some giant single cell organism that only interested in making money

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Here is a comment from reddit
Yay. Conspiracies. So let's see what Origin really does, shall we?
If you hook process monitor onto Origin you will not see Origin scanning anything, independently of how long you use it. So what triggered the OP's screenshot?
Origin on installation will try to find games installed on your harddrive and automatically register them within Origin. It does that in a couple of different ways:
It reads the windows games registry
It looks for games in Program Files
It looks for games in ProgramData (where, for unknown reason the OP's SMS and tax software are storing the data instead of the user profile where that data should go!)
it reads the xfire config if it finds one for games
If you look at the screenshot closely you will see that it does not actually read any files. Instead it looks for their existence and recursively walks the directory. It does not read any of your files, at least not judging from this screenshot or anything I have found on my machine.
Lastly if you monitor the network traffic that Origin causes you will see that it does not transmit anything of value to EA. So far I have not seen anything bug login credentials being submitted.
But it's always so much more fun to assume that software is inherently evil. You can hook a syscall monitor on any application and you will see that it operates all over the drive. That's not something unique to Origin. Steam will do the same if you click the "add non steam game" button.
//EDIT: something I forgot: I think people should not run any sysinternals tools without a basic understanding of what they do or at least not jump to conclusions.
Like this user said, having tax data stored in the program data folder is much worse than anything origin is doing.
Edited by Hotcarl - 11/1/11 at 10:52am
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post #2 of 35
I can't believe people are still whining about this.
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I dont mind. as long as they dont delete my porn im all good!
I hate the idea of any one owning any of my data, but then again.. screw it!.. everyone should be more worried of the data "officials" have gatherd on you.
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If I may ask then, why does the EULA have the clause in it referring to scanning the computer for other external programs?
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If I may ask then, why does the EULA have the clause in it referring to scanning the computer for other external programs?
i didn't create origin so i don't know.
Maybe some games use programs to launch themselves or keep stats. Regardless, it's scanning and that means it only really is reading the info and verifying it, not scanning it, storing it and then sending it.
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seriously, the blind hate for Origin is causing so much hate bandwagoning...
it's not cool at all...

I rather like Origin

my BF3 was purchased through D2D, they had a link to their own download manager... along with that, they had the key... I only took the key... entered it in Origin, and everything went on by itself... from downloading to installing to logging in... all they asked was a confirmation that I want to "register the CD key with this Origin account"... that's it...

oh and there's also a checkbox for "Automatically install updates" (or something along those lines)

only thing missing from Origin for me right now, is the AMD graphics driver update feature, as well as other publisher games... (oh and of course, the sales, but EA games had some really good sales lately on Origin... but I didn't buy... because I just don't have the time anymore... same can be said to Steam)
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They don't do the same thing at all - between Origin and Steam.
    
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i dont think a comment on reddit is going to sway my opinion about origin.

germany is doing a class action lawsuit. i think that speaks louder.
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I like Origin. I'm not like some of you paranoid dudes

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The issue is more so that their TOS gives them so much more freedom to access and use your private data than Steam or any other digital distributor out there.

The question is why does EA want/need some much MORE access to our data than everyone else?
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