Yesterday I downloaded the latest DLC for Civilization V called "Brave New World" from Steam. Every time I launch the game, it not only tries to "phone home" to Aspyr (apl.aspyr.com and gameguide.aspyr.com), but also to third party sites newrelic.com and google-analytics.com! While I'd prefer that software asked for my permission before initiating any outbound network connections, I can at least understand that they want to phone home to check for updates or report crashes so that they can provide their customers with better software. But when they start reporting my data to Google Analytics and NewRelic, I'm pretty sure it's not for my benefit. Fortunately, I run Little Snitch on my MacBook and I immediately blocked all connections from Civ V to google-analytics.com and newrelic.com, but it still pisses me off! When are these greedy bastards finally going to get a clue about not abusing their customers' privacy?