ESRB Reveals EMail Addresses of RealID Complaint Filers
That sound you just heard was a large ‘Oops!’ emanating from the ESRB. It seems that a large number of people had complained to the ratings board about Blizzard’s (now canceled) plan to implement RealIDs on their official forums.
With the announcement that Blizzard was scrapping the idea, the ESRB sent out a statement to all those who had complained. Unfortunately, they weren’t very careful about how they did so.
As you can see in the image above, they simply fired out an email that listed all the email addresses of those who had filed complaints, meaning that anyone on that list now has the email address of everyone else on it.
It’s a bit sad that an email about how seriously the ESRB takes privacy concerns is the body of an email that threatens user privacy. Ah, irony. Your taste is delicious. The full text of the ESRB’s email can be found after the break.
Thank you for contacting the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) regarding the policy recently announced by Blizzard Entertainment which would have required participants in its official forums to post comments using their real first and last names, and for expressing your concerns regarding potential privacy implications.
It is our understanding that Blizzard has provided an update announcing that it will not be implementing the above-referenced policy with respect to its forums, and users will not be required to post using their real names. You can read Blizzard’s announcement regarding this most recent development at http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=25968987278&sid=1&pageNo=1.
Separately, if you have questions regarding Blizzard’s implementation of its Real ID option — which by our understanding is unrelated to Blizzard’s plans for its forums — and/or the new capabilities this option offers, they will likely be answered by reviewing the information posted at http://www.battle.net/realid/.
ESRB, through its Privacy Online program, helps companies develop practices to safeguard users’ personal information online while still providing a safe and enjoyable video game experience for all. We appreciate your taking the time to contact us with your concerns, and please feel free to direct any future inquiries you may have regarding online privacy to our attention.
Entertainment Software Rating Board