German Court Upholds Facebook's Real Name Requirement

Law360, New York (February 15, 2013, 3:08 PM EST) -- A German court on Thursday shot down a government privacy watchdog's challenge to Facebook Inc.'s policy preventing users from registering with pseudonyms, ruling that German data protection law does not apply because Facebook's European headquarters are based in Ireland.

The Independent Centre for Privacy Protection, based 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, but the court said it had no jurisdiction to force the company to change its name...
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