I'll probably be criticized for this, but I'm just being honest. I fail to see how this is giving personal information by default? Personal information would be your real name, email, or home address. Anything that can allow one to identify who you are in real life. As far as I am aware, GOG has not stated any of this info will be visible on profile pages.
Perhaps not on the profile page, but in my opinion, the ability to search for and find users by e-mail address is a problem regarding personal information. What if I signed up using a username
with no relation to me, but tied my GOG account to an e-mail address that is trivially connected to my legal name (contains it as a substring, or is published on reputable pages that also mention my name, etc.)? Anyone who searches for that e-mail address then discovers my otherwise-anonymized GOG account.
Your GOG account name or account activity or even game list is not personal information and as I said before these are public accounts.
And they even tell you how they use information linked to your account like the following:
a) To enable GOG.com functionality that helps you and your friends keep updated about what you’re doing within GOG services, e.g. notifying you and your GOG.com friends about who is playing what games. BKGaming:
They also make it clear these are public profiles and things you do on them may be made publicly available.
Also, any information you post publicly using GOG services (e.g. your public profile) will be publicly available to GOG users and others. We are not responsible for your use of otherwise private personal information, which you make available via GOG services, or the activities of other users or other third parties to whom you give or make available your information. BKGaming:
I don't see your point here. All the pieces you cite are to protect GOG in the event someone intentionally makes public his/her personal information. All the complaints here are because GOG is intentionally making public by default
and with no advance general warning
(this forum thread does not count, because it's so easy to miss) information that was previously non-public and has no legitimate business need to become public.
If I never knowingly publish my e-mail address on the forum, nor private-message it to anyone over GOG's system, nor friend any users, I might reasonably expect that only GOG staff can view it, and that they wouldn't do so without good cause. Nothing you quoted here seems to contradict this hypothetical. Yet the ability to find users by e-mail address directly lets other GOG users discover this that I, John The Private, with e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org, am a GOG user with username Smith29, even though Smith29 never mentions in any of his posts anything that could be used to derive that information.
The invitation to contact them with "queries" is an equally pointless evasion. There's no indication that there is any
way to get them to honor their original agreement, even if I'm willing to give up the service and all its benefits.
Do people actually read these?
Well, it's a legal document that nobody has any hope of actually enforcing against GOG anyway, so no, (almost) nobody reads these. You should know by now that the standard for legal agreements on the Internet is that they're written to ask for things that aren't legal, that corporations are incapable of explaining the terms, that the terms may change at any time without adequate notice (so what's the point of reading it, if it will likely say something different and silently become binding, by the time its contents might matter?), that none of the terms will be negotiable at any price, that users won't read them, and nobody on either side actually expects the other party will obey any term unless explicitly ordered by a court after losing a lawsuit. If the terms weren't so grossly one-sided, people might treat them more reasonably. As is, almost all compliance is incidental rather than intentional.