German Watchdog Can't Order Facebook Page Shutdown

Law360, New York (October 9, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT) -- A German administrative court on Wednesday said a state data watchdog is not entitled to require the operators of Facebook fan pages to turn off the pages because of possible data privacy violations, repudiating the agency's earlier ruling.

In August 2011 the privacy regulator for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein instructed companies and other institutions in the state to remove their fan pages and plug-ins from Facebook Inc.'s social media site, saying the features violate German and EU data protection laws.

The Independent Centre for Privacy...
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