and the privacy disaster continues… has the details but in short, if you’re in the US and reported the Actizard RealID issue to the ESRB they decided to share your email address with everyone else who reported it.

Classy move, I call this a first class cockup, nothing more, nothing less.

It’s also why using tagged email addresses is still a good thing 15 years on from when I first started using them to work out which companies were being too free with my information.

More on the real ID fiasco when I finish writing it up, I decided to keep the 1000 or so words which I’d written already and somehow seem to have doubled it since the announcement of the climb down.  I’ll see if I can get it finished and out this week.

[Edit: 2010/07/14 – ESRB have apologised, stupid mistake but they have accepted responsibility without the normal “we apologise to anyone who might have been affected” weaselling.]

2 thoughts on “and the privacy disaster continues…”

  1. I’ve recently discovered the yahoo feature of disposable addresses – which are perfectly valid, and will deliver to you, but allow you to trace where things come from… I should make more use of them…

    1. *ew* yahoo… Someone have a ten foot barge-pole I can use to not touch them with? 😉 I still have a spam-trap sub-domain that delivers to me that I can use to ID exactly which company I have been communicating with has sold my address to spammers. I remember calling one company out on it, they got extremely aggressive, threatened me with lawyers if I said it again and then cancelled my account with them. They went out of business around 6 months later.

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