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Steam Fanboy Accuses Origin of Spying, But Steam Allows Precisely The Same
Obvious Steam fanboy is obvious, don't let the GOG reference fool you:
Quote:Well, it's dec' 2014 now and the Origin EULA still says it will snoop!! Uninstalled :-( is getting the lion's share of my game spend these days, when you buy a game from them it's yours without any DRM or spying crap.
Quote:Current Origin EULA:
Quote: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
AKA they say they are going to spy on your computer usage and maybe give that information to other companies.

Actually, this is probably illegal in the EU because of data protection laws.

Steam permits exactly the same, yet if my response makes it through moderation due to its including a link, and he notices my response to him, he'll deny it even though I confronted him with the exact words that permit it:
Quote:By using Valve's online sites, products, and services, users agree that Valve may collect personally identifiable information (as defined below). Valve will not share personally identifiable information with other parties except as described in this policy. Valve may also collect aggregate information and individual information. "Aggregate information" is information that describes the habits, usage patterns, and demographics of users as a group but does not describe or reveal the identity of any particular user. "Individual information" is information about a user or user’s machine that is presented in a form distinguishable from information relating to other users but not in a form that personally identifies any user or enables the recipient to communicate directly with any user. Valve may share aggregate and individual information with other parties without restriction.

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