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Facebook wins court battle in Germany

Facebook emerged victorious from a court battle with Schleswig-Holstein state’s privacy watchdog following a challenge by the data protection body of Facebook’s policy which require users to register with their real names.

The German privacy watchdog alleged that Facebook’s policy which effectively bans the use of fake names breached German privacy laws and European rules which aim to protect free speech online.  The administrative court ruled in Facebook’s favour stating that German privacy laws were not applicable as Facebook’s headquarters were located in Ireland.

The German privacy watchdog intends to appeal the court decision.

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