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ESRB Shows Email Addresses of People Complaining About RealID

July 13, 2010

This is ironic and somewhat annoying in and of itself, so I’ll just leave the gist here and a link to’s coverage.

The ESRB apparently exposed the email addresses of nearly 1000 complainants against Blizzard’s RealID system recently. How was it done? Through an email that was supposed to update the complainants on the status of their complaint. Namely, that Blizzard recanted their RealID decision.

I’m sure this was a mistake, of course, but I wonder what happened to made this breach occur.


The ESRB has since apologized for the error.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2010 15:55

    Yeah, I had a good laugh when I saw that. Oh the irony.

    Of course it’s a mistake, but it’s a big one. Someone not paying attention while on the job maybe, or didn’t know about BCCs.

  2. July 13, 2010 15:56

    Epic facepalm, right there.

  3. Tesh permalink
    July 16, 2010 01:38

    Pretty amazing. Then again, I’ve never trusted the ESRB. They don’t even know the meaning of the word “mature”… they can’t be trusted with real, grown-up conversation. 😛

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