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Facebook Wins Pseudonym Case

SOCIAL NETWORKING—GERMANY

February 15, 2013

Facebook has won its case against Schleswig-Holstein’s data protection authority, the Associated Press reports. The authority had challenged Facebook’s policy that users must use real names rather than pseudonyms, alleging the policy breaches German privacy laws and European rules. The court ruled German laws don’t apply because Facebook’s headquarters are in Ireland. Meanwhile, Facebook is assuring users that special privacy protections will apply for minors employing the site’s new Graph Search tool. Details on gender, birthday, school, hometown and current city for users under 18 will only be available to those users’ friends and their “friends of friends.”
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