Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 7th Jul 2010 20:41 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption From BBC News: "A row has erupted after Blizzard - the publishers of the popular online game World of Warcraft - announced that users on its site forums would have to post under their real names. The firm say the move is to put an end to heated online arguments and topics started purely to cause trouble. But users reacted angrily, citing concerns about safety and privacy." The take away quote: "one Blizzard employee posted his real name on the forums, saying that there was no risk to users, and the experiment went drastically wrong. Within five minutes, users had got hold of his telephone number, home address, photographs of him and a ton of other information. The post and topic has since been removed from the Blizzard forum."
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But how?
by aargh on Thu 8th Jul 2010 07:20 UTC
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OK, I've read the news but they don't explain HOW are they going to get their user's real names. As a player I'd just make up a first name and a surname.

I'm not a WoW player so I don't know if thise who pay already provided their real names so please enlighten me. I can imagine they could use the name from the credit card but a) the player doesn't have to be the payer b) what about other means of payment like PayPal?

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RE: But how?
by MORB on Thu 8th Jul 2010 07:40 in reply to "But how?"
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You enter your first and last name when creating your blizzard account. It is used for billing. You also can't change it afterwards without contacting them and then it's only possible if your name actually changed (marriage etc.)

Of course you could have used a fake name in the first place and some people did. Myself I was under the impression that my personnal information would remain, you know, confidential so I did use my real name.

I'm going to be using a new blizzard account with a fake name from now on, regardless of whether they go through with this stupid idea.

Blizzard has been downgraded to the kind of scummy internet company with whom I don't want to share any personnal information anymore, if only because of the fact that even if they end up scrapping this idea (which seems very likely) it still managed to get the greenlight all the way through to being publicly announced.

It's pretty scary that they are ethically bankrupt enough to give go ahead to such an idea.

Edited 2010-07-08 07:41 UTC

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