Beamer wrote on Mar 11, 2020, 17:43:
What data do you think they're mining, and how is it fueling their business?
Yes, we know what came out last year about Steam, which they think they explained, but even then, what do you think they're doing to monetize it?
A store can only tabulate your interests by what you purchase, and share that with partners.
An Application sitting on your device, can record which games you launch, how long you've been in each of them, what your hardware is, etc. etc.... aka telemetry. Of course this is also given to their partners as part of the perks for putting content in their store.
I don't subscribe to the notion that telemetry is required or non-optional. I find it absolutely repulsive that I am forced to be recorded on my own devices without my express permission (anonymized or not). While I may not be able to stop it 100% I do my best to thwart as much as possible. You can call it my own little privacy war, if you wish. You wouldn't believe the amount of crap I block at different levels, including my perimeter firewall, locked down device an OS settings, script blocking, on all devices PC, Phones, etc. etc. Also, I have no social media accounts, google accounts, ISP e-mail accounts, and I block social media / google scripts / remote fonts / webdav leaking and most fingerprinting from web sites.
Currently I am on a remote cloud browser... it's not even a browser on my local workstation (think RDP to a firefox instance that dies as soon as I close it)This comment was edited on Mar 11, 2020, 19:40.
Get your games from GOG DAMMIT!