Yep, so many armchair lawyers spouting things they have no clue about. Got told on more than one occasion that what I said was wrong even tho I've had several years of working with the DPA at the regulator so know exactly how it works in the real world. Will be very suprised if what Blizzard are proposing are deemed to be in breach of any legislation. Only would be a legal issue if they were to retrospectively apply the change to the forums. Having dealt with numerous lawyers I wouldn't put too much faith in their decisions always being smarter or correct. Altho in this case it does appear they have understood data protection properly. Exactly, it's a purely optional extra provided by Blizzard. It's got nothing to do with your subscription fee as much as some people would like to claim. They're under no obligation to provide them at all, or indeed in a form that allows anonymous posting. It's upto them how they want to run them even if their current idea is a horrible one.