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Steam's revamped privacy features put an end to Steam Spy


Given how much the tech industry is being pressured to protect user privacy, it makes sense that gaming companies would get roped in, too. The pre-eminent platform Steam just overhauled its privacy settings with more detailed descriptions of what information is being shared. Players can now control how the public views their information, like achievements and playtime. But it also made their libraries hidden by default. Unfortunately, this means industry-tracking services like Steam Spy have essentially been locked out of crucial data they need to exist.

Steam's mobile app finally lands on Windows Phones PCWorld


Rejoice o' ye forgotten gamers, or as most people would call us, "Steam gamers who have Windows phones." Valve has heard our entreaties and answered with an official Steam app for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile. The new app went live last night; it's still so new that the app didn't appear as a top result when searching for "Steam" on the Windows Store. Searching for "Valve Corporation," however, did bring up the app. Why this matters: As we've mentioned before, Steam does not let users expedite trades and market transactions without a phone using Steam's Mobile Authenticator.

5 Facebook privacy settings you should check right now


Whether you use Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, share thoughts about the world, or just read news (real or fake), every interaction you have on the network is recorded somewhere. If you don't pay attention to your privacy settings, you may letting on more information than you'd like to. We've created a brief, five-step Facebook security checkup that you can use to ensure your basic privacy is protected. You can activate the option to approve any tagging in your friends' posts before they appear on your Timeline and in others' News Feeds. This is a simple setting to enable.

New regulator with power to break up technology monopolies needed to 'fix distorted digital market', Labour says

The Independent - Tech

Labour is calling for a new regulator with the power to break up technology monopolies in a bid to "fix the distorted digital market". In a major speech, Tom Watson, the party's deputy leader, will call for an introduction of a digital bill of rights and a legal duty of care to give more powers and protections to consumers, as he unveils a range of new party policies to take on the technology industry. In a wide-ranging speech at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the shadow secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport will also demand that online political advertisers targeting UK citizens should be physically located in our country. "We need to take more control over how our personal data is collected and monetised through a Data Bill of Rights. Customers should benefit from the value of the data we provide and the inferences made from it," Mr Watson will say.

Instagram reveals when users were last on the app

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The app has quietly introduced a new feature called'Last Active' that shows friends the last time you logged on to the app. The default setting for the app is'on' - meaning your closest friends can know exactly when you've been scrolling through their feeds. The unnerving feature appears on Instagram's direct messages section beneath followers you've been chatting with. When users swipe left after opening the app, the private messaging function opens. Here, a list of all past conversations are revealed with usernames, profile images and now, a'last active' note including showing if users are currently active The last active display is automatically set as on.