Mon, Dec. 17, 2012

Injunction Against Facebook Name Policy

CK - Washington.   Google Plus' clear-name policy may infuriate users, but Facebook irked the data protection and privacy agency in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein. On December 17, 2012, it announced injunctions against Facebook's Irish and American entities, arguing that its prohibition of screen names violates German law.

In its press release ULD issues orders against Facebook because of mandatory real names, the agency recites, in English, its and Facebook's positions. The press release contains links to the German-language text of the injunctions.

The agency believes that Facebook in Ireland hides the wrongdoing of Facebook USA and should not. Facebook is said to argue that the applicable German law, section 13(6) TMG, violates European directives. Both parties seem bent on a clarification of the applicable rules by German and European courts.


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