Epic Games has been caught with its hands in the proverbial digital cookie jar, as intrepid Reddit users discover that the Epic Game Store Launcher copies a user's Steam configuration file for Epic's own ends.
What reason did Epic give for using the file?
Is copying a local file "collecting" data in the contractual or legal sense?
And why might both Epic and Steam want to change what they're doing, regardless of what the contracts might say?
#Epic #Steam #VirtualLegality
Discussed in this episode:
"EPIC Promises to Fix Game Launcher after Privacy Concerns"
March 15, 2019
Update - December 19, 2019
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