As reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun, some astute Escapist forum users have noticed an interesting clause in EA's Origin End-User License agreement that basically give the company carte blanche to collect and use data from your PC. From section 2 of the EULA:
2. Consent to Collection and Use of Data.
AS RPS's John Walker notes, Steam's privacy statement certainly has something to say about its right to collect data as well:
"store information on a user’s hard drive that is used in conjunction with online play of Valve products. This includes a unique authorization key or CD-Key that is either entered by the user or downloaded automatically during product registration. This authorization key is used to identify a user as valid and allow access to Valve’s products. Information regarding Steam billing, your Steam account, your Internet connection and the Valve software installed on your computer are uploaded to the server in connection with your use of Steam and Valve software."
Steam also reserves the right to use – at its discretion – information related to what you do on their service. From Section 7 of the Steam Subscriber Agreement:
7. USER GENERATED INFORMATION
The difference between what Steam claims it can collect for data and what Origin wants to collect is remarkably different; EA isn't just data mining stuff related to Origin, it's claiming the right to gather information on your PC and do with it what it likes.
EA has not publicly responded to this story.