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July 15th, 2014, 00:20
This isn't just like the (debunked) concerns from a few years ago, it is pretty much exactly the same thing. You can easily tell that the investigator has no real investigative knowledge because s/he doesn't even know that registry entries are rot-13ed by Windows, not by Origin.

For the browser, there is actually a legitimate reason for them wanting to know which one(s) you have installed, while possibly not the biggest game around here Battlefield has browser based matchmaking requiring (iirc) a plugin, and runs via Origin.

Plenty of reasons not to like clients on principle and I'd prefer no clients at all, but Origin is actually more benign than Steam on the privacy front. Valve specifically excludes 3rd parties from its privacy policy (so they can do anything they want, including potentially collecting info for Valve), EA requires 3rd parties to follow theirs, and have a specific limitation that they will not share information without your express consent. And, of course, Steam's client will quite happily scan your entire hard drive on some actions- add a non steam game- and was scanning which websites were being visited until caught doing so. They claimed it was for anti cheating, but frankly they would say that even if it wasn't.
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July 15th, 2014, 01:02
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I don't run Origin 24/7. I only start it when I start a game that use it and I can even close it once the game is started.
Same here
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July 15th, 2014, 09:23
I'm doing my best to care about them perusing my files - but I just can't. I'm probably not the best citizen in a world society full of paranoid conspiracy theorists.

Then again, it's EA - so it's not like I trust them to do anything that's not about profit. It's just that I've given up doing anything about that.
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July 15th, 2014, 12:58
Originally Posted by Zygo View Post
For the browser, there is actually a legitimate reason for them wanting to know which one(s) you have installed, while possibly not the biggest game around here Battlefield has browser based matchmaking requiring (iirc) a plugin, and runs via Origin.
I don't play their browser based games so I don't want them to know which browser I use. Okay?
Also, I don't want to buy their "browser needed" games. Any of them. They can make a bloatware application for matchmaking, just don't touch my browser.

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Sorry, I have no quarrels with Steam and for all I care, Steam can check which browser I use without asking me and which nonSteam games I play. Sadly, no matter how many times they see installed Venetica on my PC, it still won't be added to Steam store. But there is a hope.

There is another reason I don't care what Steam does and that's the respect to my wallet. You can't buy Sims Points, Bioware Points or any other money laundry scam on Steam. Steam operates only with legal currencies.

But the topic is EA, not Steam.

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