A German data protection body has ordered Facebook to end its policy of making members use their real names.
The policy violates German laws that give people the right to use pseudonyms online, said the data protection agency in Schleswig-Holstein.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:49 AM
747400, on 20 December 2012 - 09:19 AM, said:
On this subject, I see that YouTube are trying to pressure you to do the same (or as they put it, make it easier to use your real name across all Google sites). This seems suspicious to me.
Well, I thankfully declined.
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Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:29 PM
I am not bothered on either account since neither Facebook nor YouTube/Google have any means of verifying that the name I put in is, in fact, the name I was born with.
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I think you need to check out my second post in " Facebook's privacy vote".
It explains my feelings in a nutshell and why it's okay to use your first name.
If all of us starting using aliases it would make the Internet less human.
And that's not a good thing if you want to socialise with people on Facebook.
But I'm sure the casual browsers won't mind.
I'm not going to announce to my family that I'm Medium Brown.
It justs look bizarre and a sure sign that I'm about to be ostracised.
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The problem with using real names is that they can then profile you properly (in regards to YouTube) simply by looking at what you watch, what you like and dislike, your comments etc. Where google is supposed to be protective of personal data. I believe they've been forced to implement this new method under the guise of the "trolling" situation where realistically it is just to give authorities more control over the Internet.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 01:26 AM
Yeah taking away the option to use an avatar is not cool. I mean if your just on Facebook to play Farmville or something. So you have to ruin your 1 time name 1 account. I hate reading so might be wrong. But yeah have to agree thats a bad trend.