GOG.com, DRM-free game distributor, chooses data security over ease of checkout

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GOG.com wins points for openness by being a distributor of DRM-free games, but now they're going even further by choosing to protect their customers' data over the convenience of a faster checkout.

After the wide security breach of the Playstation Network, GOG surveyed its users about the issue--"68 percent said they would rather GOG.com not even have the option of storing personal information," wrote Ben Kuchera in the Ars Technica story.

Ars Technica has an interview with the head of marketing, Trevor Longino, about the policy and why customers willingly use a slightly more complicated checkout system in exchange for the safety of their data.

Read the Ars Technica story and interview.

Ruth Suehle is the community leadership manager for Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team. She's co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, December 2013) and a senior editor at GeekMom, a site for those who find their joy in both geekery and parenting.

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Great going, GOG. Half of the onlne stores I use don't even make it clear as to whether my credit information is going to be stored permanently or not. Plus, before I even understood these sorts of security issues, I'd stored many credit cards online and wouldn't know how to remove that information now even if I could remember all the stores I've used in the past.

More online stores should give this option.

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