This is another one of those Bluspacecow!Bored posts. Otherwise known as incoming-wall-of-text-for-something-i'm-curious-about :D.
As you may or may not know the Armory now has RSS feeds on it. Wait. You didn't know this ? Go have a look now.
Any Armory page now RSS Feeds of what your toon has been doing. Everyone has them. Basic stuff like what gear you've obtained and what bosses you've done. Nothing that wasn't in the achievements but now it's right there on the right hand side of the page.
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I suppose my enquiry is :
Given the fact that Blizzard owns your characters and all information about them....
Can we really claim privacy concerns about the new RSS feeds on the Armory?
Do we have any right to complain ?
Can we force them to do anything about it ?
Is the ToU and EULA I've linked above legally binding ?
I mean everyone has to agree to both in order to play. You agree by scrolling down a document then clicking a button. The button does not become active until you've scrolled down the document fully implicitly implying you have indeed read it and are agreeing to it by clicking OK.
See IMHO we don't have a right to complain. Information about your toon is Blizzard's property according to 2 legal documents that we agree to for evey patch that comes out. We can complain about it and request that they change it but that's about all we can do. There's still privacy concerns there
but I don't think we can do much about it considering the Tou & EULA both of which we agree to before playing.
What are your guys thoughts ?
Please if you tell me I'm wrong please outline why I'm wrong with citations if possible :)