Germany orders Facebook allow people to use pseudonyms
The Data Protection Office of Germany called on Facebook to end its policy of insisting users to reveal their real name, stating that such a practice is against local laws pseudonyms. So far the claim comes from the state of Schleswig-Holstein, but more are expected to join parts of the country in the coming days to demand.
“It is unacceptable that a site like Facebook violates U.S. laws German data protection without opposition and without prospect of end. The aim of the orders of the office is to get legal clarification as to who is responsible for Facebook and what should follow this company, “said Privacy Commissioner Thilo Weichert said in a statement.
Although Facebook allows you to use several names in mind, also insists that each registered user to use your real name. In its terms , states that “Facebook is a community where people use their real identity. We require all delivered their real names, so you always know who you’re contacting. “
Facebook has two weeks to file its response in court in Germany. A spokesman told ITWorld that “we believe that orders are without merit, are a waste of money of German taxpayers and will fight it vigorously.”
In recent years, the use of real names on websites has become more controversial. Google+ was in the public eye in 2011 when he tried to remove the pseudonyms suspending the accounts of those who gave false names, while YouTube has tried to obtain the real names of users to merge accounts in an attempt to stop the trolling on the site.
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