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German Court Ruling: Heirs Can Access Deceased Relatives’ Facebook Accounts

In 2012, a 15-year-old girl was hit and killed by a train in Berlin. Since then, her parents have been attempting to access her Facebook account to determine if their daughter’s death was intentional or accidental. Their daughter’s Facebook account was still live, but had been transformed by Facebook into a memorial page where the user data could no longer be accessed.

On Thursday, The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe ruled in favor of the parents. This landmark ruling set the precedent that all heirs in the country have the right to access their deceased relatives’ Facebook accounts.

 

By: Mikayla Tetreault, Staff Writer