German Policy Not To Use Real Name On Facebook


A German data protection body has ordered social networking giant Facebook that people on Facebook should not use their real names. They ordered Facebook to end its policy of making members use their real names. Data protection agency said that the policy of Facebook breaks German law that gives people the right to use fake names online. The data protection agency has issued a order demanding that Facebook let people use fake names immediately. It would fight the the order “vigorously” and that its naming policy met European data protection rules said by the Facebook.
Thilo Weichert, head of the regional data protection office in Schleswig Holstein said,”It is unacceptable that Us portal Like Facebook breaks German data protection law unopposed and with no prospect of an end. He added that ” the ability to use Pseudonym on Facebook was reasonable and would allow people to use the service ‘without fear of unpleasant consequences.”
The Facebook policy which is making people use their real names online is not safe as it doesn’t protect people from insults or internet crime.
Schleswig Holstein is guiding the action against Facebook and if it is successful the decision is likely to be adopted by the nation’s other data protection agencies.
A Facebook spokeswoman said that The order issued by the Schleswig Holstein office was “without merit”.
Social networking giant Facebook now has two weeks to oppose the order by the data protection agencies in a German court.
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