Mother of deceased beauty queen wants access to her daughter's Facebook account to prove the death was no suicide. A judge sides with Facebook, saying U.S. privacy law stands in the way.
The case law confirms that civil subpoenas may not compel production of records from providers like Facebook.... It would be odd, to put it mildly, to grant discovery related to foreign proceedings but not those taking place in the United States. Nor is the court persuaded that Applicants' consent on Sahar's behalf distinguishes these precedents so as to justify compelling production... consent may permit production by a provider, it may not require such a production. The Applicants subpoena must be quashed.