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Civilization VI is the latest big game to remove controversial advert analytics software

30 days ago   |   By TechRadar

The latest patch for Civilization VI has stripped out the game's Red Shell software, a controversial product that tracks the ads which the user has viewed outside of the game. Red Shell has previously been branded as ‘spyware' in some quarters, and it works by taking a fingerprint of the user's PC when they view an advert, and when they subsequently install a game carrying the software, it similarly takes a fingerprint, trying to match those up. In other words, it's hoovering up this data to try and determine whether players have been persuaded to make their game purchase by viewing an...
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Civilization VI removes Red Shell ad-tracking software

Civilization VI removes Red Shell ad-tracking software

30 days ago   |   By Rock, Paper, Shotgun

A patch for Civilization VI last night removed Red Shell, a controversial piece of software that track ads for the game which players might have viewed. Considering that a common event in any game of Civ is once-friendly faces turning sour after they discover you've been spying on them, you'd think publishers 2K might have just... not. But they did. Red Shell has risen to prominence in recent months for all the wrong reasons, discovered in games from Vermintide 2 to Conan Exiles by players who were none too happy to find it. Many developers have removed Red Shell from their games or...
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