Steam Spy Ending Due to Steam Privacy Changes

The 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 Steam Spy 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.