Spanish Supreme Court permits parents' access to their children's social media accounts in order to prevent cyberbullying On 22 February 2015, the Criminal Division of the Spanish Supreme Court confirmed that data obtained by a mother from the social media account of her minor child was admissible evidence in a case of child sexual abuse. The mother had accessed her daughter's social media account without her permission on the basis of a suspicion of cyberbullying. The accused appealed to the Supreme Court arguing that the messages considered as evidence were obtained without authorization from the minor child and therefore constitutes a violation of the right of intimacy/privacy. The Court considered the messages as admissible evidence on the basis that they were provided by a person exercising parental authority. Moreover, the Court´s ruling states that the rights of intimacy and privacy can be restricted in cases where a constitutionally-protected interest prevails. In this case, the mother accessed the minor child's social media account in view of clear signs that an alleged criminal activity was being carried out. The Court concluded that the legal system cannot oblige parents to take care of their underage children and at the same time remove the ability of parents to control them. The Criminal Division dismissed the appeal of the accused who was sentenced to three years' imprisonment and imposed a fine of €1,545. For more information, please contact Raul Rubio, Patricia Perez, Rosario Alvarez, Ignacio Vela, Alvaro Ubeda or Cristina Monereo.