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German court rules Facebook account can pass to user’s heirs after death

German court rules Facebook account can pass to user’s heirs after death
Published on: 09 August 2018
Published by: LexisPSL
  • German court rules Facebook account can pass to user’s heirs after death
  • What are the practical implications of this case?
  • What is the background to the case?
  • What did the Federal Court decide?

Article summary

TMT analysis: Can a social media account be inherited after the account holder’s death? Roman Brtka, counsel in the intellectual property practice at Bird & Bird, based in Munich, explains a recent privacy ruling in the German Federal Supreme Court regarding rights of heirs to access the Facebook accounts of deceased family members. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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