Originally Posted by Ceadderman
Steam data collects for the express purpose of keeping track of your hardware.
How do you think they compile the usage chart that are user accessible? They didn't get that with a wild guess. They got it by tracking every aspect of their customers hardware usage.
It's nothing new. Shoot if you're using Windows 10 this shouldn't alarm you. Steam also tracks your OS to segment for the results as well. Linux, Apple iOS, Windows... whichever you use will be displayed as they are compiled. I wouldn't sweat this either.
First off mr drunk, steam doesn't connect that data to your personal information.
Secondly, they ask you if you are willing to give them information, that is not forced on you. You can not fill a survey and walla, steam knows nothing.
Thirdly, steam are collected that data anonymously, so they know what systems users use, but they don't care what specific user is using, what systems he has been on, where he lives, his personal information or the name of his dog.
Those are two huge differences.
And yes, windows 10 also collect data, but it has the option (at least that we know) to opt out. This does not. And it even says so after you bought the game, not before.
So keep on drinking. You apparently really need it.