EA has issued a statement clarifying why some users have begun seeing old games from the publisher—purchased through Steam, for example—pop up in the Origin libraries:

"A few of you noticed some of your older EA games showing up in your Origin My Games library over the past few weeks and I wanted to clear up any confusion. We tested a feature that in some cases made your older games show up in your Origin My Games Library. At no time was any information on your computer accessed, all of this information was obtained directly from our game registration records. Hopefully we didn't cause too much confusion for anyone. We'll be sure to come back and share more information about this feature as soon as we can.

"Meanwhile, if you do want to activate and download older EA games to your library, we have a tool that allows you to do this. Just go to Activate and enter your registration code. Not all games are supported at this point, but we're continually working to make older titles available. For more information on this service, as well as a list of games that are currently available for activation, see Code Redemption FAQ."

So they're apparently not combing through the files on your computer to locate your old games. Seems legit. False alarm everyone! What other privacy violations will Origin be accused of before gamers finally accept that it's here to stay? Let us know your predictions in the comments or on Twitter.

(via Joystiq)