Facebook Told to Allow Fake Names in Germany

Facebook has had the same policy for years: if you want to sign up for an account you must use your real name and prove it with ID. However, that is now becoming an issue in some countries due to the privacy concerns and complaints it raises. In Germany, the practice has been deemed unacceptable and the social network is being told to allow fake names.
The ruling comes from the Hamburg Data Protection Authority after it conducted a review following a complaint from a German woman. he had setup a Facebook account using a false name. Facebook blocked her account, requested ID, and changed her account to use her real name. She did not want this to happen, but the practice was forced upon her by the service.



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