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Facebook fights German law requiring anonymous browsing option 
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I gotta go with the Germans on this one. I'm looking to see Facebook get a black eye.
If people don't like Facebook's rules, find a new social network. It is not like you have the legal right and requirement to join Facebook. Find something else! Idiots...
But Facebook does have the obligation to follow laws.. 
Sean M
No one is forcing German people to use Facebook to surf the Internet. So, they should just avoid it if they do not wish to abide by its name restrictions.

However, if sites begin offering "Facebook authentication"-only as a way to register, then I could the see merit to fighting this requirement. Since, that - in turn - would effectively restrict a user's ability to use such sites, and consequently the Internet outside Facebook. 
I agree with fb policies here. Nobody is forced to get into fb and German data protectors didn't realize until now that the internet cannot be restricted by local courts. What they can do is to close access to fb from german isps but this would be called censorship by everybody and more than 20 million German fb members will not really be amused on that. Zuckerberg can sit down and wait... 
2 Words" FUCK THE FUCKING FACEBOOK" (ohh) 2 words can not describe the miserable :).. 
What does this mean for google+ in Germany
This concerns only German companies and their websites, those are affected by German law and they must grant users to visit their sites without being identified. Cause the Like button and other fb applets identify current and former members of fb in an instant with and without consent it violates their law. They say you never know if a page contains it before you open it and you must have the choice to choose which pages and sites you visit might be tracked. 
Many companies and groups are using FB as a distribution platform for news, updates, promos, etc and don't provide the info in any other way or at least not in a timely way.  FB has inserted themselves in the process, so they have to provide a solution that complies with German law.  FB could try to push this back on the companies and require each of them to provide their news etc. via other means, but that might seriously impact FBs attempts generating revenue ...
+Henry Ptasinski That is not the case, if you visit pages on FB you give consent to be identified, its about all the other occurrences of FBs functionality on other places outside FB. German Home Office declared those cyber stalking and a criminal offense - if its done without prior notification and asking for consent. 
Whilst in Germany you've got to respect German law. Unless its restrictive like China, then fuck it :)
+Akemi Mokoto you are missing the point. It isn't about people using Facebook or not, it is about Facebook complying with the local laws of the countries in which it operates. Facebook actively does business in Germany so it must abide by German law in those parts of its business that take place there.
Large social networks have a special obligation because that is where many people's friends are, and switching networks doesn't bring one's friends over too. So it's not a fair competition and can be regulated.
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