Facebook Can Keep Deceased Beauty Queen's Info Private

Law360, New York (September 24, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday refused to force Facebook Inc. to turn over account information requested by the family of a beauty queen who died in a fall from a balcony, ruling federal privacy law allows companies to ignore civil subpoena requests.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal granted Facebook's motion to quash the subpoena issued by surviving family members Anisa Daftarty and Jawed Karim. The Stored Communications Act — which generally prohibits service providers from sharing the contents of a user's communications — contains...
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