Valve co-founder Gabe Newell responded to claims that Steam's Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system reads and copies users browser histories.

VAC was one of Steam's main features when it launched back in 2006. If you've every been stuck in a first-person shooter match plagued with cheaters using head shot bots and see-through wall hacks you'll appreciate the anti-cheating hardline Steam takes. However Newell confirmed that Valve does not send user's browser history to its servers, nor does it care what sites they visit.

Newel tried to explain the mysterious nature of the anti-cheating software:

"If Valve is evil - 'look they are tracking all of the websites you visit' is an idea that gets traction, then that is to the benefit of cheaters and cheat creators. VAC is inherently a scary looking piece of software, because it is trying to be obscure, it is going after code that is trying to attack it, and it is sneaky. For most cheat developers, social engineering might be a cheaper way to attack the system than continuing the code arms race, which means that there will be more Reddit posts trying to cast VAC in a sinister light."

So rest easy, Valve doesn't care what sites you visit. Just that you don't cheat.

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[Via Gamespot]