Lance Whitney reports:
Facebook is on the hot seat in Germany for requiring users to use their real names instead of pseudonyms.
The data protection agency Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein has ordered Facebook to put a halt to its real name policy, citing a German law that allows people to use pseudonyms online. The agency pointed to that law as one that guarantees the “fundamental right to freedom of expression on the Internet.”
The ULD’s order so far only applies in Schleswig-Holstein, although other German states may follow its lead.
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Once again, Europeans have more privacy protection than Americans do….