Berlin, Germany - A German privacy watchdog lost a court battle Thursday to Facebook after challenging the site's policy requiring users to register with their real names.
Schleswig-Holstein state's data protection body said that they plan to appeal the court's decision. They argue that the ban on fake names breaches German privacy laws and European rules designed to protect free speech online.
The court in Schleswig said the German privacy laws don't apply in their ruling because Facebook's European headquarters is in Ireland.
Facebook says the real name policy protects users.
Germany's privacy rules have challenged Facebook, Google and other social networks.