Hi Rwd World,
If you, like me, use Steam to authenticate the user then GameSparks will store the Steam player name and geolocation coordinates (as looked up by IP) in the System.player collection.
Steam player name
It seems possible to link the Steam player name to a real person so I would see that as personal information. I'm not sure yet whether to judge that as something necessary for my business to run or if I'll have to collect explicit and clear consent from the user before authenticating the user using Steam in GameSparks.
I don't think it's acceptable that geolocation coordinates are being stored by default and I've contacted GameSparks and asked them to remove it. They say it's built into the system and can't be turned off. They asked if I had looked at the COPPA credentials, but from what I can tell that removes the possibility to authenticate with external providers, which I'm guessing includes Steam. I need Steam. I don't need geolocation coordinates.
Ultimately, I (and other developers) are responsible for any data collected on their users. I hope GameSparks can help out here (or in my support ticket). Otherwise I'll unfortunately have to terminate the service to protect my users.
Following. This would be great to know as I am also concerned about this.
Yeah, is there an option to not record the IP or other personal information from them?
We are currently working on some FAQ documentation in relation to GDPR and GameSparks. When it's completed I'll let everyone know. If you have specific questions about it just raise a ticket.
Should we stop using GS as it might not be GDPR compliant?
That seems to be what is ahead of us too.
The documentation should be live early next week. Apologies for the delay but it is quite a complex document as you can imagine. Once it's up I'll report back. You guys can then read through it and raise tickets for any specific issues that you feel you need to.
Any update on this? We're also worried about what GDPR might mean for our Gamesparks game and it's cutting it a little close for comfort in terms of the May 25th deadline.
Apologies for the delay. It should be up quite soon and cover all related concerns.
Any update on this please?
11 days left before GDPR kicks in...
You can find the document around player data management here. Apologies for the delays.