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German DPA Threatens To Fine Facebook

SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANY

January 7, 2013

Thilo Weichert, data protection commissioner of German state Schleswig-Holstein, has threatened to fine Facebook unless it allows German users to log in under a pseudonym, The Guardian reports. German law requires media services to offer users such a choice. Weichert said Facebook’s current rules violate the law by requiring Germans to provide their identities. “It is unacceptable that a U.S. portal like Facebook violates German data protection law, unopposed and with no prospect of an end,” he said. In 2011, Weichert’s office forbade local organizations and companies from using Facebook’s “like” button, stating the feature violated German law.
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