Thursday, July 17, 2014

Viewpoints Industry and What Happens to Your Online Life After You’re Gone?

Many of us know what will happen to our possessions, pets and mementos after we leave this life. There are wills and estate papers to sort that all out. But Viewpoints Industry asks what happens to your online life after you’re gone?

When an acquaintance was suddenly taken from this life not long ago, his Facebook and Twitter accounts stayed active. His many friends, colleagues and family members were grateful for that. It gave everyone a chance to pay homage and let his family know how much we all admired him and loved him. But the social media sites we all love to connect on have their own policies about what to do with the accounts when a user dies.

The Uniform Law Commission, (members are appointed by state governments to help standardize state laws), will soon endorse a plan that will give loved ones access to - but not control of - the deceased's digital accounts, unless specified otherwise in a will. It is therefore, a good idea to have written instructions in a will about who should have access to online accounts. Whoever is chosen can deactivate accounts or make other decisions about what to do with them.

Viewpoints Industry also reminds readers that most online accounts accessed by sharing the passwords. Perhaps this is a safer idea than attaching a sheet with log in credentials to a will, which can become public information. It’s up to you. Who do you want to access the files from your digital life when you expire?

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