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Battlefield 3's anti-cheat software has huge privacy issues

A new, major privacy concern regarding Battlefield 3's anti-cheat software PunkBuster.

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Vip3r2218d ago

Just use Steam and VAC EA. Origin and Punkbuster cause too many issues which are hindering sales and enjoyment of the game.

Megaton2218d ago

Didn't realize PunkBuster required permission to do all that.

Pandamobile2218d ago (Edited 2218d ago )

Jesus, now people are trying to blow Punkbuster's license agreements out of proportion?

Is that like the flavour of the month? To look through EULAs and try to find lines that could be considered controversial?

"Further, Licensee consents to allow PunkBuster software to transfer actual screenshots taken of Licensee’s computer during the operation of PunkBuster software for possible publication."

Yes, PB-SS, we all know about it and what it does. It's used to make sure you're not running hacks that change the appearance of the game, such as colour coding enemies, seeing through walls, etc.

"...and reported by PunkBuster software includes, but is not limited to, Licensee’s Internet Protocol Address, devices and any files residing on the hard-drive and in the memory of the computer on which PunkBuster software is installed"

Another fundamental function of Punkbuster (or virtually any other anticheat) is to monitor the memory of the computer and detect memory injection applications.

bozebo2218d ago (Edited 2218d ago )

This ^

PB isn't exactly going to take a SS when you are browsing unscrupulous sites now is it? Wait... is it :S lol

(lol @ disagree from a moron)

GrumpyVeteran2218d ago

...But what if it did take screenshots of our ... uhhh, "research" of the woman's body?! Shit, better put tinfoil on my modem.

sovietsoldier2217d ago

if companys would stop making thing that only lawyers can read and understand we would not have half the troubles we do.