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11-18-2010 @ 11:00PM
Pity. I won't post on the new forums. After all the dust getting kicked up over RealID plans for the forums, the new community site sure likes to splash my name around. Gives me the feeling that Blizzard doesn't get it, won't ever get it, and furthermore will continue to not get it in more aggressive (read: "monitizing") ways in the future. It should be noted that they seem to be pretty cavalier with my Cardholder Name (which is the only reason they know who I am) and that information is a part of the Cardholder Information Dataset that's required to be protected as a part of PCI DSS. Blizzard must be PCI DSS compliant (which they do claim to be) in order to continue processing credit card transactions.It would be interesting to see if financial incentive is enough to overcome a lack of interest in our privacy.
11-19-2010 @ 12:36AM
You are the only person that sees your real name.
11-19-2010 @ 12:10PM
-----Zapwidget Nov 19th 2010 12:36AMYou are the only person that sees your real name.-----As far as the forums go, yes. You are correct. At this point, they haven't pursued the RealID strategy and my name isn't being included in my posts.The problem is that Blizzard has betrayed a trust. They've included cardholder information in their social networking system (I never signed up for RealID and I sure as hell never gave it my name). They were intending to integrate RealID in to their forum software. And they're intending to integrate RealID with Facebook in some manner. Couple with the use of Battle.Net accounts in a soda marketing campaign and advertising in the forums, I have a hard time feeling confident that Blizzard isn't about to do something else that mis-uses information they've been entrusted with.Seeing my name splashed on the front page is a warning sign that Blizzard doesn't get privacy. There is no reason for my name to be there. I should note that Blizzard's community site meets PCI DSS where you expect it - your Account screen. Hit your account section and you'll be within an encrypted channel (HTTPS). But everywhere else, your name - part of your cardholder data set - is being transmitted in the clear.
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