According to Ubisoft, the Ubisoft Connect chat will be fully encrypted and will not be viewed unless an investigation is required.
The new chat app and Ubisoft Connect overlay will encrypt user conversations, delete conversations after three months, and offer features like user blocking, user reporting, and chat creation. big group.
Ubisoft Connect works as an online profile system, reward system and connection point for Ubisoft Games. Today on the Ubisoft Forums, the company announced that a new chat service would be available in the desktop app and PC overlay “in the coming weeks.” This chat service comes with new features designed to facilitate connection between community members and improve security.
According to Ubisoft, the Ubisoft Connect chat will be fully encrypted. Ubisoft will not decrypt chats unless an investigation is required. Chat data will only be stored for three months, after which the conversations will be permanently deleted.
The new chat replaces an existing chat service already present on Ubisoft Connect. Active chats and previous chat histories will be deleted once the new system is established. Ubisoft Connect will still support group chats of up to 24 users, but chats with more than 24 users will be deleted. Groups that are under the 24 user limit will retain their chat history for 30 days and otherwise remain active.
Other chat features will include the ability to block and report users and the ability to invite friends to games directly from the chat. Ubisoft hopes these changes will represent an improvement in quality of life that will make it easier for gamers to connect in a friendly environment. Ubisoft Connect games that use the service include Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Watch dogs: Legion.
Deleting chat histories is an important method to improve security and privacy. At the same time, platforms like Ubisoft Connect need to be able to keep chat history to investigate complaints. While chat histories are encrypted, decryption keys will be a necessary condition for moderation. Often times, the security of a platform is as good as the security of its administration tools – a lesson Twitter learned last year.
In 2012, Ubisoft’s Uplay (the ancestor of Ubisoft Connect) was accused of containing a rootkit – an exploit that would take control of a user’s system. Through Kotaku, Ubisoft denied that there was ever a rootkit, but rather that an exploit was discovered in a browser plug-in that allowed malicious attackers to launch any executable on a machine.
The Ubisoft Connect desktop app will be updated with the new chat service on May 31, and the overlay will be a continuous rollout in the coming weeks.
Source: Ubisoft Forums
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