Germany orders changes to Facebook real name policy

A German data protection body has ordered Facebook to end its policy of making members use their real names.The policy violates German laws that give people the right to use pseudonyms online, said the data protection agency in Schleswig-Holstein.The agency has issued a decree demanding that Facebook let people use fake names immediately.Facebook said it would fight the decree “vigorously” and that its naming policy met European data protection rules.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20766682Also see:Privacy Champions Hand Facebook an Ultimatum
A German state privacy protection authority issued an ultimatum to Facebook this week: The company can either stop forcing members to use their real names, or face fines. The social networking site says it will fight the demands by Schleswig-Holstein, calling the measures a “waste of German taxypayer money.”One of Germany’s top privacy regulators has ordered Facebook to stop its real-name policy, saying it violates the country’s data protection laws.In response to the social media site’s refusal to allow pseudonyms, the Independent State Center for Data Privacy (ULD) in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein issued an ultimatum to the company’s California headquarters on Monday.
www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-state-gives-facebook-an-ultimatum-over-real-name-policy-a-873562.htmlGerman state orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms
Facebook is on the hot seat in Germany for requiring users to use their real names instead of pseudonyms.The data protection agency Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein has ordered Facebook to put a halt to its real name policy, citing a German law that allows people to use pseudonyms online. The agency pointed to that law as one that guarantees the “fundamental right to freedom of expression on the Internet.”
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57559748-93/german-state-orders-facebook-to-allow-pseudonyms/

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