I received an email today about updates to the Playstation Network Terms of Service and User Agreement.
The following appears to be a new clause under “The violations that are prohibited…” section:
“You may not provide anyone with your name or any other personally identifying information other than your own Online ID, or the name, password or personally identifying information of any other person or business through any means, including messaging, chat or any other form of PSN communication”
I’d like to point out that this is a horribly ambiguous sentence following “other than”, but appears to say that you cannot let people know who you really are or how they can contact you by any other means. I can understand why one should be warned not to do this, but I don’t think it should be prohibited – plus they reserve the right to monitor communications. If this were a pay-per-view community, I could understand it, but it’s not, and if people form virtual friendships, this would appear to prevent them from taking them into real life.
I did a quick check of the xbox live agreement and couldn’t find anything quite so… possessive.