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17.12.2012

P R E S S E M I T T E I L U N G

ULD issues orders against Facebook because of mandatory real names

After both Facebook Inc. / USA as well Facebook Ltd. / Ireland refused to permit pseudonymous accounts as required by the German Telemedia Act (TMG) and requested by the Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD, Office of the Data Protection Commissioner) Schleswig-Holstein, ULD in handling of complaints by data subjects has instructed the two companies by decree to do so and ordered the immediate execution of orders.

In a statement, Facebook represented in virtually all major issues views that are in diametric opposition to those of ULD as well as of other data protection authorities in Germany:

The position and orders issued by ULD can be summarized as follows:

Thilo Weichert, Privacy Commissioner and Head of ULD explains: “It is unacceptable that a U.S. portal like Facebook violates German data protection law unopposed and with no prospect of an end. The aim of the orders of ULD is to finally bring about a legal clarification of who is responsible for Facebook and to what this company is bound to. Actually, this should be in the interest of the company, too. In so far, we hope for a fact-based debate not aimed at delaying action. In view of the fact that Facebook currently is taking the opportunity from all its members to decide themselves about their own discoverability under their name, our initiative is more urgent than ever.”

The wording of the order is available on the Internet in German language

A statement on the Irish audit report is available at

For inquiries please contact:
Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein
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Tel: 0431 988-1200, Fax: -1223