Steam Blog announces
additions to the
Profile Privacy Settings Page
with new options for Steam users to restrict
the information Valve shares about their activity with the public. They also say
they are working on adding an invisible mode to appear offline, which hopefully
will not infringe on any 20th century patents held by AOL. As a consequence of
recent changes, a tweet from
reveals this is going to put an end to their service of reporting on game
ownership and activity of Steam users. They note this is not due to the changes
Valve discusses in their blog post, but because of an additional unannounced
change that makes the contents of everyone's Steam library hidden by default.
Here's word on the Steam changes:
Today’s update expands on your Profile
Privacy Settings Page, giving you more control over the privacy of your Steam
account. 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.
You can now select who can view your profile’s “game details”; which includes
the list of games you have purchased or wishlisted, along with achievements and
playtime. This setting also controls whether you’re seen as “in-game” and the
title of the game you are playing.
Additionally, regardless of which setting you choose for your profile’s game
details, you now have the option to keep your total game playtime private. You
no longer need to nervously laugh it off as a bug when your friends notice the
4,000+ hours you've put into Ricochet.
Looking ahead a little, we are also working on a new “invisible” mode in
addition to the already existing “online”, “away” and “offline” presence
options. If you choose to set yourself to invisible, you’ll appear as offline,
but you’ll still be able to view your friends list, send and receive messages.
Sometimes you’re feeling social, and sometimes you’re not; this setting should
help Steam users be social on their own terms. We hope to have this feature
ready for beta release soon.
Like many Steam features, these privacy options come directly from user
feedback. If you would like to join that conversation, as always, we welcome you
to visit the Steam Discussions and add your feedback.