In June 2016, the State Council ruled that the right of access to personal data of a deceased person did not benefit his or her heirs. One year later, on 7 June 2017, it revisited this issue and took a different view. Where data was required for the purpose of a claim for damages in relation to an accident causing the death of a person, the State Council stated that the heirs could have access to the deceased person’s data. In the case at hand, the data was retained by an insurance company. However, the State Council stated that data can only be accessed to the extent necessary for the claim.