Sat, Feb. 16, 2013

Facebook Names: Not German Law

CK - Washington. Facebook's name policy applied to German users is governed by Irish, not German, law, an administrative law court ruled on February 14, 2013. A German privacy agency had ordered Facebook to open its name policy to pseudonyms, see Injunction Against Facebook Name Policy.

Facebook obtained temporary relief after informing the court in the state of Schleswig Holstein that its operations are run by an Irish branch that is subject to, and complies with, Irish privacy law.

By contrast, Facebook's German facility is limited to advertising sales and marketing. The court agreed, in the matter 8 B 60/12, 8 B 61/12 recited in a German-language report by the Juris law database service.


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