Privacy Policy

Read our summary of's Privacy Policy.


  • Valve respects privacy laws like CCPA, GDPR, and UK GDPR, aiming to protect your data.
  • Collects data necessary for providing services, compliance with legal obligations, and legitimate interests.
  • Shares anonymized or aggregated data with third parties, which could include usage patterns and demographics.
  • Stores transaction and payment data, which may include sensitive financial information.
  • Offers a Privacy Dashboard for users to access, rectify, and delete their personal data.
  • Uses cookies and similar technologies to analyze service usage and improve functionality.
  • Tracks your interaction with games and services for content recommendations and advertising purposes.
  • Allows linking of your Steam account to third-party accounts, with your consent.
  • May transfer personal data outside of the EEA, UK, or Switzerland, although with safeguards in place.
  • Provides rights to California residents under CCPA, including data access and deletion requests.

Things to watch out for

  • Valve may share your personal data with subsidiaries and third-party service providers for business purposes.
  • Deleting your Steam User Account results in the loss of access to services and data, with a 30-day grace period for restoration.
  • Personal data may be retained for up to 10 years due to statutory commercial and tax law requirements.
  • Community forums and chats are public, and any personal data shared there is at your own risk.

AI recommendations

When using Steam or any related services, it's important to be mindful of the personal data you share, especially in public forums or chats. Utilize the Privacy Dashboard proactively to manage your data and understand your rights, especially if you're in the EEA, UK, or California. Be cautious when linking third-party accounts and review the privacy policies of those services as well. Lastly, remember that your data may be stored for a significant amount of time, so consider the long-term implications of your interactions and transactions on Steam.


What personal data does Valve collect when I use Steam?

Valve collects basic account data, transaction and payment data, data you submit explicitly, your interaction with the Steam client and websites, your use of games and other subscriptions, tracking data and cookies, and data required to detect violations.

How can I manage or delete my personal data on Steam?

You can manage or delete your personal data via the Privacy Dashboard on the Steam support page, or by contacting Valve directly if necessary.

Does Valve share my personal data with third parties?

Valve may share your personal data with subsidiaries, third-party service providers, content delivery networks, and other partners for business purposes, but they do not sell personal data.

(Last updated: 09th December, 2023)

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