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Steam's updated privacy settings make it easier for gamers to lurk unseen

Steam's updated privacy settings make it easier for gamers to lurk unseen

Changes to Steam's profile privacy settings might just have killed third-party data site SteamSpy. With more detailed descriptions of what profile information is included in each category, you will be able to manage how you are viewed by your friends, or the wider Steam Community. Although it has not always been 100 percent accurate, PC gamers considered it as a useful tool to check if a Steam game title was worth the purchase. As such, the changes will end up making several important tools, such as Steam Spy, essentially inoperable. You'll have three different options when it comes to displaying these details: public, friends only, and private. This setting also controls whether you're seen as "in-game" and the title of the game you are playing.

Beyond that, an independent option to hide total playtime for games regardless of other privacy settings has also been made available. Sometimes you're feeling social, and sometimes you're not; this setting should help Steam users be social on their own terms.

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However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened that they will "attack whoever threatened it". This is likely because Israel has regularly attacked Syria for years now, without such a pretext.

Valve also announced a forthcoming privacy change: a new invisible mode that lets users appear offline but still allows them to view their friends' list and exchange messages with them. (For our purposes, we've lumped this decision in with "privacy settings", because Valve is changing a default setting that affects user privacy.) The goals are the same-protecting Steam users' privacy-but changing the default settings for game libraries has the side effect of blocking Steam Spy. "We hope to have this feature ready for beta release soon". Over on Twitter, Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin notes that this new security update hides user libraries by default - something Valve doesn't mention in its blog post - and that as a result, Steam Spy can no longer function properly. But it looks as though Steam Spy has become an unlucky recipient of collateral damage as the world has belatedly realised how the web giants' apparently "free" services are in reality a means of mining users' personal data.


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