Can Quora kick people out because they use a "pen name?"

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Can Quora kick people out because they use a "pen name?"

Post by LaurentG »

Maybe they can with USA writers, but under European Union laws, anyone
who writes anything on an internet site has the absolute right to use
any pen name he/she pleases. I can give exact citations of the law, if

Exceptions: No using famous people’s names whether alive or dead unless
it happens to also be your real name.

No “cuss word” names need be tolerated.

You can’t use anyone else’s name if the intention is to impersonate or
embarrass a real person.

Hate speech or incitement to crime is not allowed under any name, real
or pseudo.


Here is the E.U. law. It applies to non EU businesses who operate in the EU.

If I were advising QUORA I would say that their “real name policy” if it
results in suspending accounts of those with psuedonyms, is risky. They
could be barred from doing any further business in the EU. Just like
Facebook and a few othr outfits have been barred from China. Anyway,
here it is:

/Article 3.3: This Regulation applies to the processing of personal data
by a controller not established in the Union, but in a place where
Member State law applies by virtue of public international law./

/Article 1.4: [...] This Regulation respects all fundamental rights and
observes the freedoms and principles recognised in the Charter as
enshrined in the Treaties, in particular the respect for private and
family life, home and communications, the protection of personal data,
freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of expression and
information, freedom to conduct a business, the right to an effective
remedy and to a fair trial, and cultural, religious and linguistic

/Article 1.26: The principles of data protection should apply to any
information concerning an identified or identifiable natural person.
Personal data which have undergone pseudonymisation, which could be
attributed to a natural person by the use of additional information
should be considered to be information on an identifiable natural person./

/Article 1.75: The risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons,
of varying likelihood and severity, may result from personal data
processing which could lead to physical, material or non-material
damage, in particular: where the processing may give rise to
discrimination, identity theft or fraud, financial loss, damage to the
reputation, loss of confidentiality of personal data protected by
professional secrecy, unauthorised/*/reversal of pseudonymisation/*/, or
any other significant economic or social disadvantage; where data
subjects might be deprived of their rights and freedoms or prevented
from exercising control over their personal data; where personal data
are processed which reveal racial or ethnic origin, political opinions,
religion or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, and the
processing of genetic data, data concerning health or data concerning
sex life or criminal convictions and offenses or related security
measures; where personal aspects are evaluated, in particular analysing
or predicting aspects concerning performance at work, economic
situation, health, personal preferences or interests, reliability or
behaviour, location or movements, in order to create or use personal
profiles; where personal data of vulnerable natural persons, in
particular of children, are processed; or where processing involves a
large amount of personal data and affects a large number of data subjects./

/Article 4.1: ‘personal data’ means any information relating to an
identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an
identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or
indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name,
an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one
or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic,
mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;/

/Article 4.5: ‘pseudonymisation’ means the processing of personal data
in such a manner that the personal data can no longer be attributed to a
specific data subject without the use of additional information,
provided that such additional information is kept separately and
is/*/subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the
personal data are not attributed to an identified or identifiable
natural person;/*

/Article 5.1a: Personal data shall be: adequate, relevant and limited to
what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are
processed (‘data minimization);/


Yeah, I know you need a lawyer to figure out what that means. <>
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