German court rules that digital content is inheritable
The highest court in Germany has ruled that digital content like Facebook messages is inheritable in the same category as physical letters, book, or diaries. During the legal battle, Facebook had refused to give two parents access to their daughter’s private messages, citing personal privacy, after she was killed by a train in 2012. The laws surrounding “digital estates” vary widely by country and even by U.S. state. Practices of social media companies also vary similarly, with new policies changing in response to a large number of factors.