World of Warcraft invading privacy?

Post ImageI know at least a few of you reading this are hardcore World of Warcraft players, so I thought it would be interesting to get your take on this:

A number of “World of Warcraft” players are up in arms over software being used by the game’s publisher to scan users’ computers for hacks prohibited under its terms of service.

“It opens the ability for a company to do a whole list of things under the guise of security,” said a frequent “World of Warcraft” player who asked to be referred to only by his first name, Dennis. “Once you give a company the right to scan your system, you’ve basically opened the door…Now you must fully trust that company with any data on your computer, because it’s at their discretion that they download this data and do whatever they want to with it under the guise of stopping the hackers.”

Do you care about the privacy issues? Do you really think Blizzard would do anything malicious?

Read: CNET News.com

4 thoughts on “World of Warcraft invading privacy?

  1. Hmmmm, I don’t see exactly what they have to complain about. Warcraft 3 has been running like that for ages, and personally I like it. Blizzard is able to quickly and accurately detect if soemone is cheating, and then take immediate action against the violator. And evertime Blizzard releases a new update to their game(s), ppl blindly download the update. Who really knows if the update to the game is the only thing they are downloading anyways. Mind you, you are forced to download it if you want to continue to play on their world class servers. Blizzard has to do what they gotta do to keep the playing environment safe and fair for everyone. If you cannot trust Blizzard, perhaps you should not be playing their games. Because as soon as you log into one of their servers, any info they want is available to them.

  2. given the sheer number of computers running WoW at any given time, I find it unlikely that a company like Blizzard would even WANT to spend that much resources scanning the ENTIRE hard drive or parts of it not relevanat to their games from every computer connected to their network.

    and honestly, who would you rather trust? blizzard or MS? and yet most of us reading this are using Windows.

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