Red Shell - Illegal Spyware for Steam Games

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  1. Postino

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    Redshell is a Spyware that tracks data of your PC and shares it with third parties.

    On their website they formulate it all in very harmless language, but the fact is that this is software from someone I don't trust and whom I never invited, which is looking at my data and running on my PC against my will. This should have no place in a full price PC game, and in no games if it were up to me.

    Their website:

    https://redshell.io/

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    Spyware is defined as a piece of software that collects user data without said user's consent or even knowledge.

    https://www.ftc.gov/reports/spyware-workshop-monitoring-software-your-personal-computer-spyware-adware-other-software

    The Spyware "service" software RedShell conducts its business by having developers take only a handful line of codes and injecting it into their associated games (or slapping on various .dll files). This was all done without the user's consent and more often than not, without their knowledge as even the base-line RECOMMENDED method of operation Red Shell told developers to do:

    https://i.imgur.com/odOQfW0.png

    Is in MASSIVE and DIRECT violation of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation Act:

    https://www.eugdpr.org/the-regulation.html

    Tech-savvy users that have tried blocking the Spyware's internet access on their computer has more than often had their ability to play the affected game be made impossible with non-stop crashes.

    One method of blocking Red Shell can be found here:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/pcgaming/comments/8s3zy2

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  2. Sixx

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    Thanks for the heads up man.
     
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  3. Goatson

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    I have a lot of these games but none installed

    As someone who really cares about his data being secret (don’t ask why :^) ) this is worrying to hear and ty for the heads up <3
     
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  4. ye man

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    I mean literally owning pieces of technology like smarphones or pcs means your data isnt secret man
     
  5. Postino

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    Still don't want that shit in my vidyas because it's the norm somewhere
     
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  6. Goatson

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    No need to leak out unnecessary amounts of it man
    I avoid giving it out when I can, even when companies promise me a ”better experience”
     
  7. ye man

    ye man Nucleus

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    fair enough dude
     
  8. Knight

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    all the games that use it are pretty shit anyway except maybe kerbal space program
     
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  9. Postino

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    Civilization VI removed the Spyware in a recent update, I put it off the list.
     
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    Just play Spacewar, you’ll never have to deal with this :(
     
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