France: CNIL issues guidance on erasure of data of deceased persons
The French data protection authority ('CNIL') issued, on 28 October 2020, guidance on the erasure of personal data of deceased persons with regards to social network accounts. In particular, CNIL noted that social networks have organised specific procedures for deleting or deactivating profiles of deceased persons and that, with respect to access to deceased persons' online accounts by relatives, a social network profile or email account remains personal and subject to the duty of confidentiality of correspondence. In addition, CNIL highlighted, among other things, that relatives are able to, after proving their identity, ask the data controller in charge of the data file to account for the death of a person and request that the account of the deceased be deleted, in the absence of instructions to the contrary by the deceased person.
You can read the guidance, only available in French here.