Parents granted right to access deceased daughter's Facebook profile

CNET | 7/12/2018 | Katie Collins
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A judge in Germany said Facebook must provide access to the account of a deceased teenage girl.

Germany's highest court ruled Thursday that personal Facebook profiles should be made accessible to people's heirs after they've died.

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A judge made the ruling as part of a case brought by the parents of a 15-year-old girl who died after being hit by a train in 2012, according to Reuters. The girl's parents were told Facebook should grant them access to their daughter's online profile, setting a legal precedent for future inheritance cases.

When someone dies, Facebook's current policy is to memorialize their account, locking it down but allowing people to still see it and pay tribute to its owner. The company allows users to nominate a legacy contact who can help manage the memorialized profile, but they cannot log in to the person's profile or access any of their private information, including direct messages.

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But now in Germany, thanks to Thursday's ruling, personal Facebook data should be treated the same as personal letters and diaries and passed on to the heirs of the deceased.

"These questions -- how to weigh the wishes of the relatives and...
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