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RedShell Analytics App Causes Massive User Outcry Over Gaming Privacy Concerns

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Several gaming companies have announced plans to remove support for an analytics app they have bundled with their games.

The program bundled with all these games, and at the heart of all the recent controversy is RedShell, an analytics package provided by Innervate, Inc., to game publishers.

The decision to remove the app came after several Reddit and Steam users noticed that many game publishers have recently embedded a controversial analytics SDK (software development kit) part of recent updates to their games.

Users are complaining that besides logging the source of a new game install, the app also creates fingerprints for each gamer, with information about their online personas and gaming rigs.

For the past two weeks, gamers have been spending their time digging through their games’ files looking for the presence of RedShell files and processes, and then filing official complaints with the game publishers via online forums, Reddit, Steam, or official websites.

Following this concentrated effort from the online gaming community, many gaming studios have responded to criticism and have removed or pledged to remove RedShell from their products.

Originally via Bleeping Computer

Several gaming companies have announced plans to remove support for an analytics app they have bundled with their games.

See the original article at https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/gaming/gaming-companies-remove-analytics-app-after-massive-user-outcry/

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