Last you checked someone TOLD you that's what it did without actually having any proof. EA denied it.
Not only that, you can opt out of most data gathering in the latest Origin 9.0 beta, which Steam doesn't let you do.
Oh, that's cool then, I stand corrected.
Last time I checked it was my federal consumer protection agency was investigating these claims and wanted to sue, so I took it quite serious.
As I said, I stand corrected and I'm sorry for the FUD I did spread hence.
In that regard, Origin "only" has those two letdowns left:
al prices, same as boxed even... eugh...
-clutters up the experience for Steam users, as Origin is the only place to buy games digitally (for new releases) afaik, I'm sure there are exceptions, but at least with their AAA selection they make sure to boost their POS Origin, which by the way has a horrible desgin
The specific letdowns of BF3 I will not count against Origin's bill of sins, but EA's general one Glassed Silver:mac