Tag Archives: Spying

Origin Tracks What You Do On Your Computer, EA “is investigating the issue” – Claims “Origin is not spyware”

Although an Electronic Arts spokesperson has released a statement claiming that “Origin is not spyware, and there should be no privacy snooping operations of any type” in response to today’s claims, they are backed up with visual evidence of the Origin software checking up on what gamers do on their computer (specifically what applications they run, when they were installed, and when they were last run).

Take a look at the image below which also points out that the tracked activity log of this Origin user even has the application names scrambled, likely in an attempt to confuse the user and make them think that these are merely system files Origin needs to track for its functionality.

Of course, it is also a fact that Origin does state in the terms of service that it reserves the right to collect information (with a vague ambiguity leaving users open to actions like this, with potentially no legal recourse). That being said, it is also likely that this is not being done to try and individually punish anybody – but rather as most digital spying is used, it is probably meant to generate statistical data about a broad range of a large group of people. Think of this as a way for EA to keep track of the latest computer gaming trends.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Mitch Walters on 20140714 and was last modified on 20140714 .

Microsoft VS Google: Who’s Stealing Customer Data More? [Tech]

Recently Microsoft took their ‘You’ve been “Scroogled”‘ smear campaign against Google a step further. For those who don’t know MS has been running ads for well over a year now pointing the finger at Google and Gmail for “stealing” customer information. In reality, both companies are guilty of this as Microsoft’s Skype and Xbox ONE products are known to cooperate with PRISM, the National Security Agency (NSA) project.

Microsoft put some ‘You’ve been Scroogled'” T-Shirts and Coffee mugs on sale (complete with Google Chrome logos) and it turns out Google employees are purchasing these as a joke and also make the argument that in order to buy them you need a Microsoft Account with full identity information. Who’s really stealing more customer data? We at RealGamerNewz aren’t really sure, but take a look at these ridiculous ‘back-and-forth’s between the two less-than-professional companies’ representatives and their so-called crimes against privacy.

***Editor’s Note: It’s important that we make readers aware that Google has said its users “can’t expect privacy” (word for word quotation that their own search engine can give you plenty of sources on) and Microsoft, Google, Apple, alongside many other software giants have admitted publicly that they are working with the United States spy program for the NSA. There’s nowhere to turn though, this is truly a global thing and it is here to stay protesting be damned. These faux-battles between MS and Google are likely a trick to get people out of the loop thinking that only one company is responsible for spying. Here’s some more information as well as the back and forth bullying between Google and Microsoft in the form of memes created by them and their supporters.

Microsoft’s Side to the Story (‘Scroogled’ Website by MS)

PRISM Members Include Microsoft and Google (Washington Post)

Microsoft’s “Scroogled” Products Store (Official Microsoft Store)

MSNBC: “Microsoft backtracks on XBox One camera amid spying fears”

Microsoft and Google Try to Force Gov To Allow Full Disclosure (BetaNews)

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Mitch Walters on 20131123 and was last modified on 20131123 .