Them dirty little EA spys's

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  1. Hotlips

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    So does Steam? I do not mind, for my personal details are not of much value. As in, do not really hide anything on my PC that I would not share. (Use my iphone and ipad for that kinda stuff)

    So, snoop away EA, DICE, Steam, Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc... - nothing worth publishing on Wikileaks.
     
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    I am kinda of the same opinion. I don't do anything suspect, so don't care who knows what about me. If it is used for marketing...? well then pfft who cares.

    You CAN be too paranoid. But being paranoid doesn't make you wrong necessarily...

    Tough call, that. Unless I have door to door salesmen aiming specific products at me, I'm fine with it.
    I'd prefer cheaper pricing because of it though, as supposedly it would cut down on pirate versions.. oh, yeah right hah.
     
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    No, it doesn't.

    If you sync/backup your iphone/ipad with your PC, then that data is also on your PC and now subject to EA's snooping. The main issue with that clause is that it means they can look at anything on your PC without even letting you know what's going on. They probably never would, but that clauses leaves a lot of holes and gives them much longer fingers than they ought to need to run a gaming service.
     
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    Read that the other day too. I'm wondering to what extent the software snoops your machine. I run my work desktop on a virtual machine which contains confidential information - if it also has the potential to snoop your network..

    I'm sure they're not feverishly collecting information from millions of desktops and pawing through it, all the same, how about leaving out clauses that allow you to do just that, legally.
     
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    Heh they will choke on mine :D
     
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    Actually they (Valve, Steam) do.


    Seems to me that this is a storm in a teacup. And has only been made an "issue" because it (Origin) is an EA product.
     
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    Steam and Valve are separate identities.
     
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    The above is for Steam.
     
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    What exactly is the point you are trying to convey here?

    Steam is to Valve as Origin is to EA ...
     
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    I believe that they use different Subscriber agreements,you can Join steam and not purchase a Valve game.
    I can't see(maybe I'm blind) any mention in this Steam Subscriber Agreement where Steam want's access to your PC.

    EA and Origin are like you said the same as Valve and Steam,but Steam distributes many other game developers/labels ,where as Origin is solely EA

    Steam Subscriber Agreement
     
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    Section 1 paragraph 4
    The third paragraph of the privacy policy is as quoted by r8response above.

    However it is not an accurate representation. The qualifications of the statement contained in the rest of the policy make it clear that any information gathered is always done with your express permission at the time it is gathered and any release to third parties will only be done with your consent and only to the extent that is absolutely required by the other party.

    EA's policy sounds like once they have your info they can sell it will, kinda like Facebook does ...
     
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    Will be circumvented soon enough. :)
     
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    At worst, there are various tools available that limit processes from accessing parts of your filesystem. At best they will include an opt out as a result of the bad publicity they're getting at the moment.

    Either way, you needn't worry about your data.
     
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    time to go paranoid if invites arrive from the military to go to the middle east.
    nothing is private nowhere anyhow. like your front door, if someone really wants to get in,
    they will.
     
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    ROLF

    Not likely given how most of us play. More likely they will put us on other side, hoping for some TK's.
     
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    This is nothing new most "free" social sites do it, and evey other service that is "free" does it.
    Every store that gives out a "free" discount card does it.
    In this world nothing is free, and has some catch to it.
     
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    If Battlefield 3 is "free" then maybe. :rolleyes:

    And it's not really the same at all. Social sites like facebook and free games only have access to what you give them. This is basically a licence to view all applications you have installed, hardware info, even internet histories, it's worded in a very vague way that pretty much gives that access to anything on your entire PC.

    http://uk.gamespot.com/news/6330914.html

    Also, once you let a single company get away with this it opens a crack that you may never get closed again. EA might have innocent intentions but before long someone will mimic this licence with less saintly endeavours.
     
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    If at registration you have to fillout age,sex,education and occupation then you can bet your left nut on it that this information is going to get sold to third parties.
     

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