Datonomy readers may have had to grapple with the tricky issue of which national data protection law to apply in the context of an online service with a cross border dimension. They are not alone - the German courts have recently considered the issue in relation to Facebook's operations. In April, the German Higher Administrative Court of Schleswig-Holstein ruled that German data protection law does not apply to Facebook's collection and processing of personal data of users in Germany. Instead only Irish data protection law would be applicable. The case The Internet giant faced an order by the Independent Data Protection Authority of Schleswig-Holstein, which wanted to force Facebook to allow German users the use of pseudonyms for the registration and for their profile names instead of the real name. German data protection law obliges website providers to enable this feature to the extent that this is technically possible … Continue Reading ››