Data protection authorities in one German state have threatened the fine if Facebook does not allow Germans to use the site without providing their real names.
The German View
From SAP to Software AG to start-ups, a look at the new developments in the largest economy of Western Europe from an insider's perspective.
Moritz is a Munich-based IT-journalist with more than eight years of experience as an author under his belt.
Support for the use of a government-created Trojan to intercept the VoIP communications of suspected criminals appears to be on the wane - but it's far from dead.
The Austrian student group Europe-v-Facebook wants to go to court to force Facebook to do more to protect the data privacy of its users. To finance the legal battle, the group is turning to crowdfunding.
Daimler is known for its cars, but the company also wants to be known for its good work environment. Starting in 2013, employees can opt-in to have all email that arrives during their holiday deleted.
Prosecutors in Hamburg have decided not to press charges against Google over the collection of Wi-Fi data by its Street View cars.
Germany's federal IT security agency regularly releases guidelines aimed at helping users keep their PCs safe. To show what happens when good security policies are ignored, the federal agency let two differently configured systems be attacked and documented the results.
Germany’s highest court today ruled that parents are not responsible if their children illegally download music - provided that they did everything reasonable to make sure their kids knew what they were doing wrong.
As the German giant continues to dominate Europe's software industry, the country is breeding the next generation of IT start-ups - with graduates in their late thirties leading the charge.
Mobile operator O2 Germany went public today - earning its Spanish parent Telefonica around €1.45bn and marking one of the biggest stock market floats in years for the country.
German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom wants to build the biggest datacentre in Germany.