February 18, 2014

Gabe Newell Says Valve isn't Tracking Your Browser History

A report surfaced two days ago on Reddit that claimed anti-cheat software used by video game developer Valve was allowing the Half-Life 2 and Steam creator to spy on its users' internet histories. Now, in a statement also issued on Reddit, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has denied the accusation directly.

The original report said that Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC), software designed to stop the use of hacks and cheats in many games available on Steam, was pulling DNS data from its users' computers, before sending it back to Valve, a process that it suggested was designed to allow the company to build a picture of Steam users' browsing habits. Newell, who rarely addresses such conjecture directly, responded to the concerns with a short Q&A.

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