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Old 04-17-2018, 11:07 AM   #22
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A lot of people are not aware of the EU ruling that is affecting all international software companies including game publishers and studios.

The important part of the ruling that probably is the root cause of this change is in the Data Security section. "Data protection by design and by default". The fact that being found not in compliance comes with a huge fine, up to 4% of annual revenue, and the fact that the law is vague means most companies are not risking anything and are being hyper aggressive on securing customer data. My guess is there was a meeting at Valve were they discussed how best to comply and this was the easiest, lowest cost way for them to hit the May deadline.

While I agree that Valve isn't very customer focused I try to not jump to conclusions to quickly especially when it seems like they didn't care for the past three years and then suddenly do.
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