Défendre les vivants ou les morts ? Controverses sous-jacentes au droit des données post-mortem à travers une perspective comparée franco-américaine


To be on the Internet is to exist as a data being constituting profiles that exist alongside the physical individuals and outlive them. In the future, the Internet will therefore contain more post-mortem data than personal data relating to living persons. What should be done with these data? The law has long remained silent on this issue and only covers personal data up to the death of the person concerned. A comparative analysis of the evolution of the law in the United States and in France reveals a difference of perspective leading to two different approaches: one based on the right to privacy and data protection, and the other based on inheritance law, which treats post-mortem data as heritage.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.3917/res.210.0117
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: © 2018 La Découverte. Castex, L., Harbinja, E. & Rossi, J. (2018). Défendre les vivants ou les morts : Controverses sous-jacentes au droit des données post mortem à travers une perspective comparée franco-américaine. Réseaux, 210,(4), 117-148. doi:10.3917/res.210.0117.
Uncontrolled Keywords: post-mortem privacy,France,US,EU
Publication ISSN: 0751-7971
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2024 09:44
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2018 14:53
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018-08-01
Accepted Date: 2018-08-01
Authors: Castex, Lucien
Harbinja, Edina (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-2779-8959)
Rossi, Julien



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