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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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