Jul 12, 2018

Facebook ruling: German court grants parents rights to dead daughter's account

Germany's highest court has ruled that the parents of a dead daughter have the rights to her Facebook account under inheritance law. A lower German court backed the parents in 2015, supporting the claim that Facebook data was covered by inheritance law as the equivalent of private correspondence. An appeals court backed Facebook and overturned the ruling, on the grounds that any contract between the girl and the company ended with her death and could not pass on to the parents. The case went to the BGH, and her parents have now reportedly taken over the account. The court added that the parents had a right to know who their child, a minor, had spoken to online.

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