Origin Will Collect Your Data and You Can’t Stop It

Electronic Arts just can’t stop coming up with ways to turn me off to using Origin.

According to a story from VG247 via the forums over at The Escapist, it appears that Origin is going to gather up your information and use it for data mining and marketing. It’ll also take information about your software, system, peripherals and so on. EA also reserves the right to “transmit” this data, as well as store it, which leaves the door open for it to sell it to third-parties for advertising.

Don’t worry though, there’s one surefire way to stop this data collection — don’t install Origin or use the app. That’s EA’s solution according to the end-user agreement. You get no other opt-out options if you don’t want your personal information used for marketing and probably sold to other advertising companies. EA doesn’t say explicitly that it will be taking information from all Origin users, but it reserves the right to do it.

Here’s the clause in the end user agreement:

2. Consent to Collection and Use of Data.

You agree that EA may collect, use, store and transmit technical and related information that identifies your computer (including the Internet Protocol Address), operating system, Application usage (including but not limited to successful installation and/or removal), software, software usage and peripheral hardware, that may be gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, dynamically served content, product support and other services to you, including online services. EA may also use this information combined with personal information for marketing purposes and to improve our products and services. We may also share that data with our third party service providers in a form that does not personally identify you. IF YOU DO NOT WANT EA TO COLLECT, USE, STORE, TRANSMIT OR DISPLAY THE DATA DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION, PLEASE DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THE APPLICATION.

This and all other data provided to EA and/or collected by EA in connection with your installation and use of this Application is collected, used, stored and transmitted in accordance with EA’s Privacy Policy located at www.ea.com. To the extent that anything in this section conflicts with the terms of EA’s Privacy Policy, the terms of the Privacy Policy shall control.

As VG247 diplomatically points out, other services collect user data in this way and not all of them allow you to opt out of that data collection, so it’s on you to determine whether you want to allow EA to market to you or not with its access to our computer. That said, EA has confirmed that at least one big game will require an Origin account to play: including Battlefield 3. So if you want to play that, you have to surrender your PC information to EA.

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12 Comments on Origin Will Collect Your Data and You Can’t Stop It

Vince

On August 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

That makes origin a god damn RAT virus.

Steve

On August 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Even more reason to boycott EA titles tethered to this redundant & unnecessary pile o’ crap software.

If EA had any common sense they’d allow an opt-out like Steam does. But, oh wait, we’re talking about EA here… duh. Snowball’s chance…

Aids

On August 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Are people ing stupid? Many other applications collect information from your computer when you use them. Acting as if Origin is only one at fault is ing foolish and complete bull to begin with.

Come up with a legit argument or shut up. Cause plenty of MMO’s already do this.

Phil Hornshaw

On August 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm

@Aids

The trouble isn’t that other services do what Origin does — although “well, everyone else does it” isn’t really an excuse to be douchy to customers — but rather that games like Battlefield 3 will REQUIRE users to use Origin. You can’t get Battlefield 3 on PC without submitting to allowing Origin to gather up all your information and do with it whatever EA wants to. Soon, certainly, lots of AAA EA titles are going to require Origin accounts, and the only recourse players will have is to not play them if they don’t want to share that information. So yeah, that feels like a pretty “legit argument” to me.

Steve

On August 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

@Aids

Yeah, and that is aptly called malware.

Only an idiot would think that having such no-holds-barred data mining software installed is ‘ok’.

And it’s one thing to monitor game specific related data (in the case of WoW and EQ2). It’s entirely another thing to monitor everything else outside of the game in question. I sure as hell don’t like the idea of some extra piece of software sitting in the background whose sole purpose is telling said company (that I coincidently have little respect for already) that I play 3D SexVilla five hours a day.

I mean, where does it stop with such fascist EULAs?

It’s called privacy. And I, for one, treasure my 4th amendment right to just that. Intelligent people read EULAs and promptly decline them when they go too far.

Reporting stuff like this is doing the general public a service, since 99.9% of them don’t even bother reading the first paragraph of an EULA, much less the entire thing.

Vince

On August 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm

@Aids

Do you realize what is at stake here:
“…combined with personal information”

That means anything can be stolen. Your stored passwords,
credit cards, nude photos…

Other software do collection technical info but does not include
“personal”. Take GFWL for example:
http://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/xbox.mspx

Also,
“…We may also share that data with our third party service”
would have been totally illegal if you didn’t agree to this.

youallloose

On August 25, 2011 at 8:22 am

Fear mongers, paranoia, and more just plain EA hate.

This kind of reporting is just F’in stupid, so stop already, I’m sharing everything I own with…
My ISP, DNS, Google, this websites cookies,

Steam… what I play, how long I play, hardware, do I finish the game, etc.

http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey

http://store.steampowered.com/stats/

http://store.steampowered.com/subscriber_agreement/
“User Generated Information may include, but is not limited to, chat, forum posts, screen names, game selections, player performances, usage data, suggestions about Valve products or services, and error notifications.”
” you expressly grant Valve the complete and irrevocable right to use, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, distribute, transmit, broadcast, and otherwise communicate, and publicly display and perform the User Generated Information and derivative works thereof in any form, anywhere, with or without attribution to you, and without any notice or compensation to you of any kind.”

Please give the same media attention and reporting to other online distributors, they deserve just as much of this free advertising too.

If anyone wants privacy, then get off the F—-g internet,and don’t use any online services. PERIOD! You are a statistic and demographic user data to everyone looking to make an extra quick dime.

John

On August 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

@Aids

Are you a troll or just stupid?

The EULA Clearly says that EA can have access to your whole hard drive. This is not present in any ing MMO’s Or any software that does have a EULA.
In terms of MMO’s most, They will scan you Hard drive for bots, BUT EVERYTHING IS IN RELATION TO THE GAME.
In terms of game services like STEAM, THEY WILL collect info, but ONLY RELATED TO THE INSTALLED GAMES for updating or dlc purpose.

This EA EULA on Origin IS JUST FOR INSTALLING ORIGIN. Even if you had no Games installed through origin, IT-IS-COLLECTING-YOUR-DATA and sending it off to EA for them to use as they please. This EULA IS NOT FOR THE GAME’S PURPOSE aka you WILL have to agree to A game’s EULA. Do you want ad companies to know exactly where you are in the world. And what the hell you do on your pc?

Origin is in line with malware, The only difference is that malware is installed without a eula, by a retard who wonders off to some unknown site. Origin on the other hand is installed willingly by a retard who just is a retard

John

On August 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

@above
I meant EA not ad companies.

Robin

On August 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

Wow, that’s messed up. Well, I figure there’s plenty of games to play out there. I can do without Origin titles.

Thanks a lot to Phil for pointing this out! Lord knows I never read EULAs.

toxic

On October 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

@youallloose

None of that is personal information -.-
none of that is malicious, retard.

Ihateyou

On February 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

Your all retarded. Every single PC game already does this. Sure, you may read ONE gaming company’s EULA, but I bet you morons don’t read every single one. Go read the EULA of every single game you’ve ever played, then come back and whine and cry on here. Bye.