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Ban on Anonymity Irks Some Gamers

ONLINE PRIVACY

July 9, 2010

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has received inquiries from gamers who are upset about one company's new "zero anonymity" rule. CBC News reports that World of Warcraft maker Activision/Blizzard has banned anonymous comments in its user forums to cut down on anonymous attacks and spam. "Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment," the company said in a statement. But "people are up in arms because their real name is going to be displayed," one commenter said, noting the potential consequences. The OPC is directing inquiries to the site's chief privacy officer.
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