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7-07-2010 @ 8:22AM
Responding to the OP: The linked legal laws regard "Collection of personal information". In general, full name is not, in and of itself, considered personal information. This is definitely true in the US, and is also true in any other country where I've researched it. (This is more than one, because I had to deal with similar claims when I was answering abuse requests for a popular website.) I doubt this applies.Kevin: When WoW operates in Dutch territory/with Dutch citizens, they have to respect Dutch laws. This is why there are forum competitions that can't take place in many countries (Also RAF): Because they can't meet the requirements of the laws in those places. I'm not going to claim to be a lawyer here who understands the full extent of the law, but I expect that if it was actually illegal to do this, they would no longer be able to operate the forums for Dutch users. (Or Dutch users would need to get their own forums.)Also, they've said that real name display is optional: that is, you can not post in the forums, and your name won't be displayed. Regarding using parental controls, they mentioned that it will be possible to prevent minors from posting entirely, but not turn off names.
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