Originally Posted by FuNkDrSpOt
That reasoning has already been debunked. Why bother to state it again? Why does it need to access tax files or .png files if its looking for games that obviously are .exe? Occams razor. The simple answer is its using that search for games as a cover to search your HD.
Nothing has been solidly "debunked," people have come up with reasons as to why that might not be the case, but no one knows for sure. As stated in one of the posts that got deleted, using the registry would be a much more efficient way of doing things. But who knows, perhaps it was simply poor programming.
I'm having a hard time figuring out how it's collecting data, if it is. I've watched the process monitor for a while, and I can't seem to find a correlation between any file it writes to or data sent over the network and the files it's scanning through. None of the Origin files seem to grow, unless I'm downloading a game. But even then that's just the game files that show up, Origin seems to stay the same size.
I'm actually in a position where I don't feel that any of the reports on the internet are as concrete as they make them seem. I think the fact that most people are up in arms about the requirement of Origin to run BF3 kind of turned this into a "witch hunt" of sorts. The EULA of Origin isn't all that different from any other online service, yet it got a lot of attention after it was announced that it was a requirement.
A mass reaction to something like this has always made me hesitant, too much misinformation runs rampant, and no one seems to test for themselves or do any research.
I probably won't take a definitive stance on this until I have conclusive evidence either way that mass personal information is actually being reported back to EA. Source code will probably have to be analyzed by a third party before that happens, but that may actually happen if these people in Germany get together and sue.
There simply is too much conflicting information either way to make a definitive decision. However, as I said before, encrypt anything you feel might contain valuable information, just in case. It's good practice anyway, there are some very sneaky viruses out there.Edited by SectorNine50 - 11/3/11 at 3:35pm