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What information does the EA download manager / Spore client transmit?

Posted on 2008-06-18
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I downloaded the creature creator last night and went through the EULA and noticed that they are capturing my IP and other system information to be used both internally and externally.  However the IP is never supposed to be tied to any other information gathered.  Supposed to.

Anyways i'm a little skeptical and would like for someone who is smarter than me in such ways to pick it apart, what are they actually getting?  In the meantime I have my firewall blocking it :D

Here is the download: http://www.spore.com/trial 
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by:Anthony Russo
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You have the option not to install the download manager as well. I did not install it and it is running just fine for me.
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What does Spore actually use it for?  I was under the impression that it was used in the full game for populating your game with other people's creations, and sharing out your creations with others.

I wouldn't mind the tradeoff if I knew that was the only info heading out.
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I only got to work with it last night. It said I was connected to the game server, but only creatures I could see were my own and Maxis ones. I didn't see anyone else's, so maybe it will be neccessary for it.

I'm going to install the creator on my wifes computer after work today if I have time because she already has the Sims and the EA downloader, so will see what the difference is.
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☠ MASQ ☠ earned 2000 total points
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Good question.  I have EADM on a test box and interestingly packet analysis suggests it behaves identically to the Steam manager from Valve.

I suspect this is a precursor to moving to only being able to play through the download manager.
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OK

I still would like to know if anyone has actually monitored the traffic heading out from the program itself.  I know how the download manager is advertised to work.  I just want to make sure they aren't pulling a Sony on me and sending out information about me I don't want sent.
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Heh that will teach me to wait to hit that submit button.  Thanks Masqueraid.  That's the info I needed.
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I suspect EA is going to try to shove DRM down our throats too.  I'm playing nice with them on this one, but not blindly.  Thanks for the info.
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