A Northern German state’s data protection commissioner has threatened to fine Mark Zuckerberg $26,000 for Facebook allegedly violating the country’s law stating citizens may use media services anonymously. Facebook plans to “fight [the threat] vigorously”. That’s wise, as altering its real-name policy could jeopardize Facebook’s future. Prohibiting pseudonyms lets Facebook remove spammers and serve as an identity provider for the web.
The Guardian reports that Thilo Weichert, the data protection commissioner of northern German state Schleswig-Holstein has informed Facebook Ireland and Zuckerberg that the CEO may be fined €20,000 for breaking German privacy law unless Facebook provides an option for Germans to use the service anonymously.
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