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German court says it has no jurisdiction over the social network because its European headquarters are in Ireland.
Data protection authorities are brandishing the possible financial penalty over Facebook's ban on anonymous accounts.
The data-protection agency in one German state ordered the social network to end its policy of requiring members to establish accounts under their real names. Other states may follow.
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State official says Liking and other Facebook activities allow for illegal profiling by a foreign company.
German state data protection commissioner urges EC to oppose Google's proposed acquisition of DoubleClick on consumer privacy grounds.