EA Says It’s Totally Not Spying On You

EA Says It’s Totally Not Spying On You

Publisher Electronic Arts has spoken out against allegations from German gamers – and the respected newspaper Spiegel – that its Origin online service is “spying” on consumers.

Spiegel has highlighted the fact that some components of Origin’s licence agreement could potentially violate German law, while gamers are upset following the posting of images that reportedly show Origin tapping into other programs installed on your PC.

This led to two major German retailers allowing PC gamers to return the recently-released Battlefield 3, even if the game’s CD key had been used.

In response to this, EA has issued a statement, which says “We have updated the End User licence Agreement of Origin, in the interests of our players to create more clarity. Origin is not spyware. Neither do we use nor install spyware on the PCs of users.”

“We do not have access to information such as pictures, documents or personal data, which have nothing to do with the execution of the Origin program on the system of the player, neither will they be collected by us.”

“EA takes the privacy of its users very seriously. We have taken every precaution to protect the personal and anonymous user data collected.”

EA denies spying on Battlefield 3 Origin users [Eurogamer]


  • Pictures, documents or personal data.

    Marketing data gathering is often argued as information that does not “identify” the individual. I’d hardly be surprised if they were trawling some information.

    • Exactly. Why on earth would a multi-billion dollar transnational corporation ever feel the need to do something unscrupulous in an effort to make more money?

      It’s preposterous I tell you.

  • “Origin is not spyware.”

    Well you see I can’t think of any reason for me to need it to play your games then.

  • How harmless it is what Origin does can be seen here.
    Scanning files with sensitive data and reading file attributes. Even if they do not open the files – the program names give a clear indication about the user.

    According to the EULA they tried to implement in Germany, Origin reserved the right to scan the computers hardware and software configuration for marketing purposes. Probably to serve targeted In-Game ads in Games like FIFA:

  • Valve dont seem the type that would be evil or sell out, they are just a bunch of smart people, rich smart people who happened to lose all there calendars, and punish those who suggest deadlines with death.

    EA on the other hand, they have started a company which sells collected data, that collected data is from Origin and its EA services. That data that is then sold onto advertises, I dont like that. I hated when PSN got hacked and all our email addresses where sold to spammers, I had to change my email and its still a hard challenge searching though 100s of spam emails to find some lost important ones.

    Origin wont be on my computer, Until a steam sale 😀

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