I asked this question in the Aeolus. (which In_Omnia_Paratus is talking about)
The reaction was terrifying.
Before this incident, it seemed to me that people playing such games should have a more developed critical thinking.
In fact, it turned out that people are accustomed to blindly and furiously defend something written in "small print" and "in general terms and general phrases" it is not clear why in the embedded "in silence" (in silence because the percentage of people reading the summary of changes in github is negligible, the windows with changes in the game are also instantly closed)
In general, after those discussions in the chat, I only became more convinced that this function should have a shutdown button or be removed altogether. In my opinion, the FAF client has a lot of problems that need to be solved and it would be worth spending time on them, and not on serving the interests of Valve Corporation. It is enough that sales are stimulated, with the FAF client linked to Steam.
The counter of the time spent in the game is associated with legal procedures when making a refund. and also for marketing research.
both of these directions are connected with the direct receipt of profits.
Based on this they(those who added this functionality) should be publicly announced how the interests of the online store "Steam" from Valve Corporation intersected with the interests of the FAF community.
I am very glad that there were reasonable people, thinking people who wrote here about their concerns about this innovation.