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Posted: Feb 17th 2009 8:27AM nevin said

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Maybe a knee jerk but I'm cancelling my account today.

Posted: Feb 17th 2009 8:57AM TehKlute said

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Yea, a handful of researchers with 60 Terrabytes of data and I'm sure they can't wait to read your private messages about your ingrown toe nail, what you had for lunch and why you think class X is broken.

For Science!
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Posted: Feb 17th 2009 8:36AM nomoredroids said

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Its not so bad if they don't include your logs of chats; but including your private discussions is complete BS.

Posted: Feb 17th 2009 11:24AM (Unverified) said

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Nothing is "private" in an MMORPG. The company owns everything
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Posted: Feb 17th 2009 5:12PM nomoredroids said

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Just because you can doesn't make it right.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2009 8:41AM (Unverified) said

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They're not doing it with malign interest in individual steamy adolescent e-romances or to track guild drama. More likely heuristics and metadata analysis by software they wrote to munge through the data.

People are very quick to cry that their privacy is being invaded without reading the EULA. Its like posting your revolutionary manifesto on facebook and being surprised when you don't get hired by the government.

To look at the positive... It is good that MMOs as an medium for social aggregation and expression are being considered seriously. Perhaps the research will yield interesting results.

Posted: Feb 17th 2009 10:34AM (Unverified) said

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As a researcher of online personas, this is EXACTLY what I will be looking at. Interpersonal communication and relationships in online environments is my specialty.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2009 8:49AM Pingles said

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This is stuff that happened in a massively multiplayer GAME. Please don't tell me there are people out there who expected privacy! A CSR could be monitoring everything you're doing real-time anyways!

Posted: Feb 17th 2009 8:55AM (Unverified) said

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Meh thats why i dont play soe games anymore. Goodbye WOW if i hear they did this also. Goes to show "research is greater than privacy".

Posted: Feb 17th 2009 9:09AM (Unverified) said

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Your premise (that you have any privacy when you play an online video game) is flawed.
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Posted: Feb 20th 2009 5:18PM (Unverified) said

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in someways you still have the right to privacy in an online world no matter what, your name, your chat files, but meh. We all know pretty soon everyone ,will think they are being watched, while playing their video games.
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Posted: Feb 17th 2009 9:07AM (Unverified) said

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Does anyone know if the logs will come back to bite you? If your boss, friends and family doesn't know what you say do you really care?

The big thing that would come out about me would be; I cuss a ton more online than I do offline. I blame Gnome rogues for that.

Nice article, it's an interesting development to say the least.

Posted: Feb 17th 2009 9:23AM TehKlute said

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Unless you've been masterminding a child porn ring through EQ2 chat, you have nothing to worry about.

Thats even assuming they find it in such a huge amount of data, or that they are even bothering to read chat word for word. There isnt much statistical data to justify the time spent reading so much droll. Not to mention the awful 'signal to noise' ratio in MMO chat; Barrens chat anyone?
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Posted: Feb 17th 2009 9:09AM (Unverified) said

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What Karmafeast said. If you don't agree with this, you better go read your EUAL/TOS or stop crying. Ignorance is bliss?

I personally don't care and don't think it's that big of a deal. Do you really think they're going to go find YOUR whisper log and use it against you in court or something? Seriously?

Posted: Feb 17th 2009 9:11AM (Unverified) said

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You will be happy to know that WoW also records everything you say and do Jiriza.

Really don't see the big deal here. As far as I can tell they are turning over chat logs not CC info and personal information.

What are you people saying in game that you need to be concerned?

Afraid they might come across that nerd rage moment you had over a bad roll?

Canceling proves nothing because they still have your logs. Cancel all you want. Going to chain yourselves to a tree next in front of a bulldozer? Go internet hippy.

Read the EULA's you have no right to privacy. What you say in game becomes the property of the Blizzard or SOE.

The only thing I am concerned about is crap game speex/L33t speak they are going to have to cut through. Hey maybe it will force governments 10 years down the road to force more literacy into school programs. I feel sorry for the scientist not the gamer in this situation.

Posted: Feb 17th 2009 9:20AM (Unverified) said

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Invasion of privacy. lol. I love people's sense of entitlement in ~~everything~~ nowadays.

If you did nothing criminal, you have nothing to worry about. If you did do something criminal, you deserve to be called out/arrested/made an example of. Doing something morally wrong isn't "ok" b/c you didn't use your real name or are playing in a fantasy settings.

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Posted: Feb 17th 2009 9:21AM Sephirah said

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I think we'd see less cyber in lolshire if blizz should release their logs...

Posted: Feb 17th 2009 9:58AM Lethality said

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I'm guessing all of the people against this have had multiple episodes of homosexual cybering that they don't want exposed.


Posted: Feb 17th 2009 10:08AM (Unverified) said

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Sending this information to a third party to be "researched" is bullshit.

For all you geniuses that think "privacy" is not important and that if you" didn't do anything" you have nothing to fear. You really need to stop playing games and go read history and learn a thing or two.

It amazes me how naive you are.

It is childish notion like " you have nothing to worry about" that allows your freedoms to be stolen and trampled. Many a good person DIED on far away beaches and so forth so that you can have these freedoms. For you to toss them away as if " whatever" is just a sad statement on your grasp on reality.

Here, try reading a paper and learn something. Just today

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/16/AR2009021601131.html

Our beloved government spying and labeling innocent americans as "terrorist".



Posted: Feb 17th 2009 10:19AM (Unverified) said

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Government spy programs are slightly different than you choosing to give personal information through chat in a game that told you *up-front* whatever you said was their property. Take responsibility for your own actions instead of pulling up inconsistent parallels that show how little you understand about your own world.
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