What happens to your online accounts when you die?
Joy last edited by
You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?
Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, or to settle financial issues. But do you want your mom reading your exchanges on an online dating profile or a spouse going through every email?
The Uniform Law Commission, whose members are appointed by state governments to help standardize state laws, on Wednesday endorsed a plan that would give loved ones access to — but not control of — the deceased's digital accounts, unless specified otherwise in a will.
scottalanmiller last edited by
That only works for American based accounts though which, if anything like what we are seeing now with companies fleeing the US, will be very few in the future.
StrongBad last edited by
Here is a creepy idea...
Create services that sense your lack of activity and automatically start using your accounts on your behalf to freak people out. Twitter, FB, ML, even your blog. Randomly generated content. Could take years for someone to figure out that you are dead.
Reid Cooper last edited by
In this day and age, most people are more scared of "what happens to you if your accounts die?"