"We're Not Spying On You", Claims EA
EA Denounces Claims of Spying On Your Personal Information
EA has responded to allegations from the German gaming community and the German newpaper,Der Spiegel that Origin (it's online service on which Battlefield 3 is exclusively available on) is spying on its consumers.
Recently, Spiegel pointed out that on the Germany language version of Origin's license agreement contains contents that canviolate German law. Meanwhile, German gamers are posting images of EA's Origin service tapping into their PCs and finding out what other programs they run. With both news pieces running through Germany, two major retailers are allowing PC gamers to return their copies of Battlefield 3 (even if the CD key has been used already).
In response, EA has issued a statement (which you can find here on Eurogamer), stating the following:
"We have updated the End User License 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."
I'm pretty much on the fence of this issue. It isn't right for anyone or anything to be spying on what programs I have installed on my computer, but I also doubt EA would go to such lengths to know how many people are using what certain program on their personal computers. All in all, I do hope this issue will not grow to any more concerns.