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It looks like Zynga is polishing up the proverbial silver in the run-up to its planned IPO. The social gaming company has launched “PrivacyVille,” a new game-like tutorial that rewards users with zPoints, Zynga’s virtual currency, for learning more about the company’s privacy practices.

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It looks like Zynga is polishing up the proverbial silver in the run-up to its planned IPO.

On Thursday, the San Francisco-based social gaming company is launching “PrivacyVille,” a new game-like tutorial that rewards users with zPoints, Zynga’s virtual currency, for learning more about the company’s privacy practices.

According to Zynga, PrivacyVille is modeled after CityVille, the company’s most popular game. The tutorial is centered on Zynga’s privacy policy and also includes resources to teach users about controlling their information online.

The timing of the PrivacyVille launch, less than two weeks after Zynga filed documents for a $1 billion initial public offering, is probably no coincidence. Today’s big Internet companies such as Google  and Facebook are constantly criticized for perceived privacy violations, and potential Zynga investors want to be assured that the company is serious about its own data protection. In fact, Zynga’s S-1 mentions the word “privacy” no fewer than 25 times, mostly in relation to the potential risks a privacy breach would have on its valuation. PrivacyVille is a unique –albeit slightly hokey — way for Zynga to show Wall Street that it is taking the issue seriously.

Here are some screenshots of PrivacyVille:

  1. Kensington ClickSafe Thursday, August 4, 2011

    If Zynga are really serious about their data protection they should enforce a physical laptop security policy. Laptop locks are a must have for those employees carrying work laptops. They can put all the encryption they like to convince people to buy shares, but they do need to think about basic first lines of defence when it comes to data protection. The Laptop Security Blog has lots of advice and discussion about this topic: http://clicksafe.kensington.com/

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