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Drugs Blizzard helps cops track down a World of Warcraft player, who's a suspected drug dealer.

Fran

Avatar: 34789 2011-12-20 18:11:44 -0500
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[A Beautiful Place -
Out in the Country
]

Level 62 Camwhore

Manphin's Prehensile male reproductive organ Was Here.

http://kotaku.com/5437861/blizzard-helps-cops-track-down-wow-fan-suspected-drug-dealer

Pretty interesting read. Blizzard ToS say they are free to give information such as IP addresses and account information in case of either law enforcement, or in case Blizzard believes that doing so may protect your safety or the safety of others (suicide, bomb threats, etc etc).

Retardz

Avatar: Sad Face
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Level 47 Emo Kid

“Woe-mosexual”

Mi lykez WoW Log in to see images!

CoreyJess

Avatar: 2355 2011-07-31 00:12:45 -0400
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[Brainfreeze]

Level 69 Troll

Pie cannot hide overwhelming naughtiness!

I’m not a huge wow player, since I already have my fair share of addictions, but I don’t like this. It seems like Blizzard is crossing a line here, imho.

Moodburger

Avatar: Dust Mite
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Level 69 Troll

“Human Yeast Infection”

I am so glad I’m not playing WoW.. not cause of any sales of chemicals on my part, but cause it’s practically crack incarnate anyway, despite being boring as ****.

Sergeant Cid

MODERATOR
Avatar: 167814 2011-07-31 00:46:27 -0400

[The Airship]

Level 35 Re-Re

Scientifically Proven Terrible fabulous person..... Evidence shows mbumive build up of semen deposit in bum.

Fran Posted:

http://kotaku.com/5437861/blizzard-helps-cops-track-down-wow-fan-suspected-drug-dealer

Pretty interesting read. Blizzard ToS say they are free to give information such as IP addresses and account information in case of either law enforcement, or in case Blizzard believes that doing so may protect your safety or the safety of others (suicide, bomb threats, etc etc).

IIRC, it’s part of the EULA, although very few of us read those anyways.

Fortunato

Avatar: 72902 2010-02-03 18:45:17 -0500
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[Grey Goose Mafiosi]

Level 51 Troll

ZOMBIE CANNONBALL OF GORE

I’m sure it’s in the eula.

Fact: it will stay in the eula if the playerbase doesn’t complain too much. It’s well within their rights and they have to collaborate with police on other internet crimes like say fraud. My credit card number was stolen from my bank’s database last year and they bought twelve months of wow subscription; I personally am relieved to know that wow is willing to work with law enforcement to stop stuff.

Squarez-

Avatar: Sad Face

Level 4 Emo Kid

“Emotionally Stable”

I agree with CoreyJess, Blizzard entertainment have crossed the line, even if it was to help track down a criminal, it’s still Un-ethical.

dobnits

Avatar: 58842 2010-01-24 16:19:10 -0500
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[The Scrotal Safety-
Commission
]

Level 69 Troll

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOBS

Your mileage can and will vary when it comes to ethics and the internet, especially when it comes to really touchy stuff such as privacy. But hey, if it is in the best interest of protecting people and their stuff, AND IT REMAINS THAT WAY, Id remain all for it. I wont think any less of you if you think otherwise. That said, you wont cach me playing any Blizzard games anytime soon…but tahts mostly because they are overrated. That however, is another story for another day.

mterek

Avatar: 192622 2009-09-24 16:39:01 -0400
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[mahjong]

Level 69 Re-Re

$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$

Fortunato Posted:

I’m sure it’s in the eula.

Fact: it will stay in the eula if the playerbase doesn’t complain too much. It’s well within their rights and they have to collaborate with police on other internet crimes like say fraud. My credit card number was stolen from my bank’s database last year and they bought twelve months of wow subscription; I personally am relieved to know that wow is willing to work with law enforcement to stop stuff.

I think it’s for that very reason Blizzard might want to rethink its liberality with helping law enforcement.

The internet has made it a lot easier to con people, and if Blizzard is so willing to be forthright with private information like that, the company itself becomes a target.

Drakodan

Avatar: 57623 2010-05-29 20:03:09 -0400
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[Brainfreeze]

Level 69 Troll

Surfing the Tubes

Well, what can you do? Drug dealing is illegal, after all, and they can’t exactly refuse the police.

If it was just a hint, however, and they had no conclusive leads, then yes, that’s a blatant invasion of privacy.

CaptainDDL

Avatar: 34340 2009-09-30 16:41:31 -0400
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[Brainfreeze]

Level 63 Troll

Fran's Beautiful Lover XOXOXOXOXO

That’s pretty ****ed up, but really nowadays what can you expect?

bummoppet

Avatar: 47899 2011-07-31 00:21:31 -0400
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Level 60 Troll

“Grendel”

Law enforcement has legal ways of making them give up the information, so their cooperation is really just PR on their part.

Melanin-Enha-
nced Individ-
ual

Avatar: 174541 2012-01-02 15:34:06 -0500

[enjoy GANG]

Level 35 Troll

If I can write this, my whole life has been wasted. I'm worthless and awful.

CaptainDDL Posted:

That’s pretty ****ed up, but really nowadays what can you expect?

CHALKONEUPTO-
DALORD

Avatar: 49117 2011-10-31 03:55:43 -0400

[Harem and Sushi Bar]

Level 10 Camwhore

You should listen to the groovy trip-hop in my sig

**** the police

brb getting arrested

sdgrbbum09

Avatar: 165234 2012-12-05 02:59:05 -0500
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[A Beautiful Place -
Out in the Country
]

Level 69 Troll

I AM A BOVINE ****WAD

Huh, glad I’m not a WoW-playing drug dealer.

megazeroexe

Avatar: 96079 2010-02-05 18:20:27 -0500

[Deth Krew 2010]

Level 44 Hacker

hi this is pcp saying i miss m0x

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But really, by law they were going to have to do it anyway. They saved themselves and the police time and money, and showed parents out there that “we try to keep stuff safe”, which is bull**** of course, but it portrayed a better image to every teen’s parents. And every other kid is playing WoW these days.

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Rastanarchar-
ismarx

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[Vacation Hideaway]

Level 35 Troll

“Problem Child IV”

Sergeant Cid Posted:

IIRC, it’s part of the EULA, although very few of us read those anyways.

true most don’t read, but if once in a while you read some part, after a while you start to learn what to pay attention to in EULAs (like privacy policies regarding third parties and rules regarding multiple accounts)

Dunatis

Avatar: 78885 2011-11-01 01:20:41 -0400
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[Cabal Gamez]

Level 69 Hacker

Richard Whittington

Go Blizzard!

Personally I think people whine way too much about privacy issues when the potential to help so many is there. If it takes the police knowing about my perverted porn collection and nerdy lifestyle to catch pedophiles, killers and other criminals, then so be it. I’ll suck it up and deal with the occasional inconvenience.

Rastanarchar-
ismarx

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[Vacation Hideaway]

Level 35 Troll

“Problem Child IV”

bummoppet Posted:

Law enforcement has legal ways of making them give up the information, so their cooperation is really just PR on their part.

I don’t know the full story, but the legal way to obtain this info is with warrants. If no warrant was presented, this action was totally uncalled for (unless of course this dealer was spamming WoW trying to sell his stuff or something)

Sergeant Cid

MODERATOR
Avatar: 167814 2011-07-31 00:46:27 -0400

[The Airship]

Level 35 Re-Re

Scientifically Proven Terrible fabulous person..... Evidence shows mbumive build up of semen deposit in bum.

I’m not sure a warrant would even be necessary. It’s like a hotel. You may be renting a room there, but the hotel owner can grant permission for the police to search any room, even without a warrant. I think I read somewhere about a case that was ruled like that, if I find it I’ll repost.

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