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Parents can access dead daughter's Facebook, German court rules (thelocal.de)
3 points by Tomte 5 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 2 comments

Whilst not applicable in this case (because the deceased is a minor), this always reminds me of how important it is to also make arrangements for your digital heritage.

Facebook allows you to set a legacy contact [1], who will have some basic rights, or you can request to then have your account deleted. This has to be initiated by someone/anyone after you pass away.

Google allows you to predetermine some basic actions [2], and share data from your account with other persons. This is triggered by not using the account for a set period of time (between 3 months and 1.5 years), so it activates automatically, but likely some time after you pass away.

[1] https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=account&section=accoun...

[2] https://myaccount.google.com/inactive

It's still a person's private information, no matter is he dead or not. If she wanted people to know that this was not an accident then she would have left a note or something. I know that she is dead, but still from my perspective is not nice to give out access to accounts even after death, accounts should be just deleted together with all the information and data.

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