Heirs trump Facebook

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BER­LIN: Heirs in Ger­many had the right to ac­cess the Facebook ac­counts of their de­ceased rel­a­tives, a court ruled yes­ter­day.

The Fed­eral Court of Jus­tice in Karl­sruhe ruled that the mother of a 15 year old who was hit by a train in Ber­lin in 2012 could have ac­cess to her daugh­ter’s Facebook ac­count, which the com­pany locked for pri­vacy rea­sons.

Facebook had turned the girl’s pro­file into a so-called “memo­rial page”, where ac­cess to the user data is not pos­si­ble, although the con­tent still ex­ists on Facebook servers. – Reuters

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