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12Oct/05Off

More Reading And Less Insta-Clicking

I thought this article about the license verification 'bot in World of Warcraft was worth pointing out especially if you don't pay much attention to gaming news and I generally do not. I know someone that I specifically have to pay a visit to, here at work, because he is totally violating HIPAA by having potentially sensitive medical information on hundreds of people being sent to Blizzard. I don't have a copy of the game but the EULA is available online and although it does mention that the vendor has the right to update the game without user knowledge it leaves out the part about the possibility that it might transmit any information back to Blizzard.

I guess the question I'm working towards here is whether or not the somewhat limited language of the license agreement leaves Blizzard open to lawsuits for breaches of information. Obviously I'm not a lawyer so I might be missing some essential assumption that protectors the writer of the contract. It seems like the random scanning of files throughout the hard drive is something that users ought to know about. I'd love to see how something like played out in court. There are a few people I'm going to mail with a slightly more complicated pitch of this situation. I'll post here if I find out anything interesting. The main reason that I'm even bothering is because I'm interested in the question and not because I plan on launching some hojillion dollar liability suit against Blizzard. Feel free to give it a shot if you're feeling up to it.

From the post referenced above:

watched the warden sniff down the email addresses of people I was communicating with on MSN, the URL of several websites that I had open at the time, and the names of all my running programs, including those that were minimized or in the toolbar. These strings can easily contain social security numbers or credit card numbers, for example, if I have Microsoft Excel or Quickbooks open w/ my personal finances at the time.

That seems a little excessive even for the sake of disarming cheatware. I wonder if the scan is that intrusive on purpose or just due to some clueless coding. What a nightmare for all parties involved

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