German court says Facebook's real name policy is illegal

        A German court ruled that Facebook's real name policy is
        illegal and that users must be allowed to sign up for the
        service under pseudonyms to comply with a decade-old privacy
        law. The ruling, made last month but only now being announced,
        comes from the Berlin Regional Court and was detailed today by
        the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (abbreviated
        from German as VZBV), which filed the lawsuit against
        Facebook.  Facebook says it will appeal the ruling, but also
        that it will make changes to comply with European Union
        privacy laws coming into effect in June, according to Reuters.
        "We are working hard to ensure that our guidelines are clear
        and easy to understand, and that the services offered by
        Facebook are in full accordance with the law," a Facebook
        spokesperson said.

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