How extreme should privacy laws be regulated: Stephen Hollis

July 13, 2018 7:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A German Court Rules that the parents of a 15-year-old deceased girl must be given user access to her Facebook account. The young girl was killed by an underground train in 2012. Her parents said they wanted more information around her death. The account had been blocked for the past five years. Judge Ulrich Herrmann deemed the facebook account the same as that of a private diary or letter citing digital content is not different. However, Facebook argued that this would breach privacy policies of not only the deceased but third parties data. Before the ruling, two options were offered by Facebook to relatives when a user dies. – Turn the page to a memorial page or delete the deceased person account. Does this judgment pave the way to set a legal precedent around breaching privacy policies on social media? For more, we are joined by IP Attorney and member of the SA Institute of Intellectual property copyrights committee Mr. Stephen Hollis.

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