Hotel Knows Name of Her Child's Father. She Doesn't

Court rules hotel can keep man's identity a secret
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 2, 2017 4:48 PM CDT
Hotel Knows Name of Her Child's Father. She Doesn't
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A court in Munich has rejected a woman's legal bid to obtain the name of a man she spent three nights in a hotel with seven years ago, reports the AP. The unidentified woman gave birth to a son nine months after the encounter in Halle, eastern Germany, and sought to force the hotel to reveal her lover's full identity. She wanted the man, whom she knew only by the first name Michael, to pay child support.

Judges rejected her request, arguing that it could unduly breach the privacy of four men with that name who were registered at the hotel during the period. Those men have the right to "control their own data and protect their own marriage and family," the judges said, per the BBC, adding it wasn't clear the name the man gave the woman was his real one. The Munich Appeal Court will not review the case, a court rep says. (More Germany stories.)

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