Washington: Social networking giant Facebook has won a court battle against a German watchdog that challenged the site’s policy requiring users to register with their real names.
Schleswig-Holstein state's data protection body claimed that the ban on fake names breaches German privacy laws and European rules designed to protect free speech online.
According to Fox News, German privacy laws and European rules designed to protect free speech online.
The administrative court in northern German Schleswig argued in its ruling that German privacy laws weren't applicable because Facebook has its European headquarters in Ireland, which has less far-reaching rules.
Facebook has argued that its real name policy protects users.
According to the report, the privacy watchdog has claimed that it will appeal the court decision.
First Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 12:05