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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.

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The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) said online data should be treated the same as private diaries or letters, and pass to heirs.

Facebook 4d AFP Getty LLLLThe case involves parents of a 15-year-old girl killed by a train in 2012.

They sought access to her Facebook account to try to determine whether the death was suicide.

Aside from emotional closure, the parents also wanted to know whether the…

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