Delaware Agrees to Let Families Inherit the Social Media Accounts of the Deceased

The poetically named Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act is the first law of its breadth in the United States, though other states, including New Hampshire and Nevada, have offered provisions for dealing with a person’s post-mortem digital detritus.  The law addresses a problem that has grown alongside the social networks themselves: When a person dies, access to her digital accounts tends to go with her, creating painful and time-consuming processes for mourning family members to take control.  For instance, in 2012, Canadian teenager Amanda Todd committed suicide after being bullied on Facebook. In another instance, an Oregon mother sued Facebook to get access to her deceased son’s account in 2005, after he died in a motorcycle accident.  Just last month, a group of lawyers called the Uniform Law Commission — appointed by state legislatures to standardize the country’s laws — gave a post-death “digital assets” plan its approval. Unlike the Delaware law, it would give loved ones access to, but not control of, a deceased family member’s online accounts.  In the meantime, major social networks have invented their own policies for members who pass on.

Source: Yahoo Tech

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