Facebook Balks At German Watchdog's Demand For Pseudonyms

Law360, New York (December 18, 2012, 4:38 PM EST) -- Citing freedom of expression rights and data protection law, a German privacy regulator said Monday that Facebook users must be allowed to register with pseudonyms, a demand the social networking giant called frivolous and vowed to fight.

Thilo Weichert, head of the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, accused Facebook of breaching the German Telemedia Act by requiring accounts to be identified with real names. The section of the law that Facebook allegedly violated says websites must “enable the use...
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