Mother seeks right to access her dead son's social media accounts

29/05/2024 | The Guardian

A mother whose 14-year-old son took his own life is calling for UK parents to have the legal right to access their child's social media accounts after their death. Over 100,000 signatures have signed a petition urging social media companies to provide this access, highlighting the importance of understanding the circumstances surrounding a child's death. 

While coroners now have expanded powers to access online data when investigating potential suicides under the Online Safety Act 2023 (OSA), parents are still not granted this access themselves. 

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