Will GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) affect Steam?

The GDPR regulation is almost here. After May 25th all companies that opearate in European Union are bound to respect the new laws and our privacy.

Steam is going to need to get consent from EU individuals to obtain and store personally identifying information (like name, address, phone number, email etc). This should be performed by having a user “opt in” as under the GDPR regulations “consent cannot be assumed”. From now on every single company has to communicate in a clear and understandable way why the want our data and what are they going to do with it (or won’t do), how they protect it, where do they keep it etc.

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If you’re an EU citizen here are your GDPR rights:

  • Ask what information is held on you and obtain copies of your information

  • Ask if your data has been passed to any other 3rd party or affiliate and obtain their details

  • Right to be forgotten – Request that all (or some) data be removed from their system

There is no guarantees that Steam will abide those rules. Most large companies and data controllers like Google or Amazon have only chosen to update their Privacy Policies, which is not 100% GDPR compliant. We’ll see how this turns out in the following weeks.

Speaking of, our website also gathers some data like cookies, e-mail accounts (if you’ve ever join one of our giveaways, newsletter or simply left a comment etc.). From now on when you login to your account on SteamUnpowered you will have to Agree to Terms of Use Agreement & Privacy Policy. Newsletter always worked as opt in so if you’ve already signed-up for it you can always unsubscribe (look for that option at the bottom of the newsletter).

From now on you can also remove the data you’ve put in here by going into Tools>Erase personal data. To delete your account from SteamUnpowered simply go to your profile settings. If you have any other problem please send me a message on Steam.

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