My point was never that we can't evade the larger scale of data mining, it's that literally every service does what the Epic store does to a greater extent, even games themselves. If the only argument for why Epic is "so bad" is that they have a garbage way of connecting to your Steam friends then I'd say they're doing pretty well with it all. The company even acknowledged, apologized, explained and started working on it (hopefully), if this has already been fixed you'd never know becasue that's not news worthy, that's how our outrage culture works.
If this is spyware then literally every other service is as well...except that you hit the "I agree" button.
I already have gobs of addons for firefox, I have custom made stripped W10 .ISOs, I use O&O and NordVPN on top of all that. Doesn't matter though, sure I've blocked 90% of the mining but most of it has nothing to do with "privacy" since none of the data was ever private.
Epic should not access that folder but there's nothing in it that matters or that I'd consider private.
Peer pressure doesn't apply, I don't wish for you to do anything you don't want to. It's just silly to say that one thing is spyware but another that collects far worse is a service or software.
I couldn't care less if all these people boycott games like BL3...actually it's probably a good thing. Not only do I not want to game with people that can't see the forest for the trees but the developers received about $2m for the deal IIRC which is likely far more than the profit from selling those people copies of the game, then there's the money they saved by not using Steam which is also likely more than the people boycotting the game. 5-10% is pretty substantial when you're talking millions of dollars.
FWIW ever interview I've seen with devs or publishers about Epic are all very happy about it, Epic is going to have a good game library with or without 1% of the PC gamers.