[opensource-dev] FAQ posted for Third Party Viewer Policy

Henri Beauchamp sldev at free.fr
Sat Feb 27 07:42:33 PST 2010


On Sat, 27 Feb 2010 12:27:22 +0100, Marine Kelley wrote:

> I don't know much about it, but what about the data that most of us already
> entered when signing up to SL ? LL should have these data stored somewhere,
> why do we have to enter them all again ?

There should be no connection other than the avatar name, between the
residents database (the one used to connect and manage accounts), the
billing info database (where the actual, accurate info such as real life
name, credit card or Paypal into are held), and the developpers database
(license agreements, TPV directory, etc).

At least, this is how things would be if Linden Lab was based in France
(the law "Informatique et Liberté" would force them to ask for permission
to open any nominative database and would forbid any merging between their
different nominative database).

But I do hope it is also what Linden Lab is doing after the data theft
they (and therefore their customers) were the victim of in September 2006
(a database holding plaint text Avatar names, real life names and addresses,
and encrypted credit card info was stolen). See the full story here:
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2006/09/12/Second_Life_servers_hacked/1

So, I find it only normal that Linden Lab requests the info again for the
TPV directory (Linden Lab's employees dealing with TPV do not need and
should not have access to billing info, so they can't get your RL name
from the billing info database).

What I don't find normal, is that the snail mail address is required
to register to the TPV directory (it's of no need at all, and unneeded
info shall not be demanded).

Henri.


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