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German court : Internet accounts belong to inheritance of a dead girl

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A 15 year old did suicide and the parents hope that something about the reasons can be found in her facebook accounts. The highest german court says facebook and others are equivalent to a diary or real letters and that access to the account belongs to the inheritance. So even very private posts from others can get into the inheritance.

 

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3 hours ago, chattius said:

A 15 year old did suicide and the parents hope that something about the reasons can be found in her facebook accounts. The highest german court says facebook and others are equivalent to a diary or real letters and that access to the account belongs to the inheritance. So even very private posts from others can get into the inheritance.

 

this world...every day it just surprises me... is this an absolute decree?

Could this even one day extend to other online accounts?

:blink:

 

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The court says that a person has the right to tell facebook in advance that his account has to be deleted in case of death. Same as if he says that his letters and diaries have to be burned in case of death. If not it falls under inheritance law it seems:

https://www.dw.com/en/facebook-court-rules-parents-have-rights-to-dead-daughters-account/a-44642230

All is a bit of a two edged sword: private sphere against the right of parents to check if internet mobbing may have caused the suicide of her child. The judge did it even more general in saying that internet accounts are always under inheritance law even if no crime involved.

Diaries can be valuable and time witnesses as the one of Anne Frank.

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