TECH CRUNCH - Dec 18 - A German Data Protection Commissioner issued a ruling that Facebook’s real-name policy violates German Law. Facebook plans to “vigorously” fight the ULD’s ruling. Ireland is a key battleground for Facebook in Europe because that’s where its European headquarters are located, meaning it must be compliant with Irish data protection law — as well as wider European data protection law. But it remains to be seen whether Facebook can be forced to comply with German law. Facebook will doubtless argue that mandating real names is an essential feature of its network, differentiating it from other types of social networks and providing increased security and certainty for its users.