Facebook's Fake Name Ban Backed By German Appeals Court

Law360, New York (April 24, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT) -- A German appeals court on Wednesday rejected a privacy watchdog's challenge to a Facebook Inc. policy blocking users from registering fake names, saying the company is governed by the more relaxed standards of Ireland, where its European operations are based.

In a nonreviewable decision, the Higher Administrative Court of Schleswig-Holstein backed a lower court's February ruling that it lacks jurisdiction to force Facebook to change the policy because the data in question is processed in Ireland, which does not provide an explicit legal right to anonymous...
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