Social networking company Facebook has fallen under fire from a German privacy defender about the social network’s real name policy.
Germany’s commissioner of data protection for the state of Schleswig-Holstein warned Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg around $25,700 USD in fines over its new policy.
Facebook has yet to announce any plan to lift the policy that prohibits German users from creating anonymous accounts on the world’s largest social networking site.
Commissioner Thilo Weichert is taking a firm stand that German law obliges media services and its providers, including social networking sites such as Facebook, to provide users the choice of creating an account with a pseudonym in place of their real name to protect user data.
Weichert said he will not accept Facebook’s violation of German laws on data protection are unacceptable to continue without opposition and without “prospect of an end.”
Facebook maintains that it will defend itself against the commissioner’s legal action.
Anonymity allows users to visit several areas on Facebook’s website without receiving any of the targeted advertisements that normally pops up during login, so the company – looking for more income-generating initiatives to make up for its financial losses – will vigorously try to protect itself against the ruling.