Verno wrote on Jul 8, 2010, 09:21:
Your first and last name aren't written on the back of your car, allowing that crazy guy to look up your address and hunt you down though. No offense Prez but poor analogy(are car analogies ever good?). People who don't care about their privacy don't care about this, that's no shock but surely you see can see the implications it has for people that do I would hope.
And again this has no beneficial properties whatsoever for the customer. It's serving Bobby Koticks attempts to milk the Facebook crowd, nothing more. Bobby has enough money guys, he doesn't need your support.
We like to think we have privacy or atleast a reasonable expectation of privacy, but in reality everytime we go in a public space real or virtual we are often photographed/logged/etc and often we leave unintentional bits of information that can be tracked back to our unique presence. I think we should at least strive for controlling the information about our selves.
It doesn't take much at all to resolve someones Identity which is scary or creepy to those who were under the assumption they had privacy. In your car example your privacy is only protected as long as someone doesn't take the time to resolve your license plate number or other vehicle information.
I think blizzard should definitely make an effort to add some level of protection to the at risk groups based on Age/ethnicity/orientation. Not to mention they should have taken baby steps with the new system instead of all or nothing deal.