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Blizzard In Trouble With Privacy Concerns
7:19 AM | Anthony Wang | 31 comments

Blizzard, the devloper of the World of WarCraft games has been accused of spying by Internet activists. The culprit in this accusation is known as The Warden, Blizzard's anti-cheat program. According to tests down by a software engineer, The Warden scans the names of open programs, text fields in open windows, among other things. In Blizzard's defense, employees and gamers alike have reminded everyone about Blizzard's stance on cheating and that their isn't a need for other programs to be running in the background while playing the game.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said that it was not acceptable simply to take Blizzard's word that it did nothing with the information it gathered. It added that the Blizzard could get away with using The Warden because information about it was buried in licence agreements that few people read...Some pointed out that it would be hard for Blizzard to gather more useful information than they already have given that most use a credit card to pay the monthly fee to keep playing the game.
A quick look at the Blizzard forum finds that a majority of the community population is backing Blizzard's anti-cheat program. Additionally, if you are concerned about your privacy, there is a program called The Govenor that lists all the programs that The Warden anti-cheat program scans.

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