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 September 21, 2012  Posted by  Business, Court, Laws, Online

Sometimes even when you’re right, you’re perceived as wrong. For those of us who criticize Facebook’s lack of sufficient regard for user’s privacy, here’s a case where by attempting to protect user privacy, they will undoubtedly leave many understandably upset with them.  Declan McCullagh reports:

Facebook has successfully fought a subpoena trying to seek access to the account of a beauty queen who died after falling from the 12th floor of her ex-lover’s apartment, CNET has learned.

A federal judge in California yesterday rejected a attempt from representatives of the estate of Sahar Daftary to gain access to her Facebook account.

Her mother is hoping to show a Manchester, U.K., coroner’s inquest that Daftary, a onetime Face of Asia beauty contest winner, did not commit suicide when falling from the apartment of property developer Rashid Jamil in 2008.

But U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal said that a federal law called the Stored Communications Act does not require Facebook to comply with such a subpoena in a civil case.

Read more about the case on CNET.

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