BERLIN (AP) — Facebook has won a court battle against a German privacy watchdog that challenged the social networking site's policy requiring users to register with their real names.
Schleswig-Holstein state's data protection body said Friday it will appeal the court decision. It argues the ban on fake names breaches German privacy laws and European rules designed to protect free speech online.
The administrative court in northern German Schleswig argued in its ruling Thursday that German privacy laws weren't applicable because Facebook has its European headquarters in Ireland — which has less far-reaching rules.
The California-based company argues its real name policy protects users.
Germany's strict privacy rules have posed a legal headache for Facebook, Google and others in recent years, giving consumers significant rights to limit the way companies use their information.
Suspect in Custody After Shooting at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood UPDATE: Three People Have Died, Shooter Identified | Christine Rousselle
Active Shooter Near Planned Parenthood Location in Colorado UPDATE: Suspect Has Surrendered to Police | Christine Rousselle
Dr. Mark Skousen - When Will the Market Doomsayers and Permabears Be Right?
Importing Terrorism and Other American Values | Human Events
Reports: Active shooter barricaded in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, firing at cops; Update: Cops confronting shooter inside the building
AP News - The Latest: 2 children killed in collision in South Dallas
S.C. Woman Outdraws, Outshoots, And Kills CraigsList Robber - Bearing Arms - Guns Saving Lives, South Carolina
Report: Active shooter at Colo. Springs Planned Parenthood; Update: Media amend reports, say shooting was 'near' Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood Shooter Finally Convinces Leftists that Beliefs Matter | RedState