Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Tuesday July 28, 2015

German Regulator Orders Facebook To Allow Pseudonyms

The Hamburg data protection authority in Germany has ruled that Facebook can no longer block people from using fake names, nor could it ask them for ID either.

Facebook may not prevent its users from using fake names, a German privacy watchdog said on Tuesday, in the latest privacy setback for the U.S. company in Europe. The Hamburg data protection authority, which is responsible for policing Facebook in Germany, said the social network firm could not unilaterally change users' chosen usernames to their real names, nor could it ask them for official ID.