Petition calls for parents to access dead children's social media accounts

03/06/2024 | The Guardian

A petition calling for parents to have the right to access the social media accounts of their dead children has attracted 120,000 signatures and is likely to be debated by MPs in the next parliament. Ellen Roome has been campaigning for changes to the law after her son, Jools Sweeney, took his own life in 2022.

Despite the recent royal assent of the Online Safety Act 2023 (OSA), further powers for coroners to access children's data were being incorporated into the Data Protection and Digital Information (DPDI) Bill. However, now that this Bill has failed, all the work that went into this campaign has been lost. 

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