We all have digital lives and, obviously, those lives continue as long as we do. But what happens to our online presence once we die?
Check out this great graphic from webpagefx.com which answers just that question:
WE’RE IN CHARGE OF NOT ONLY OUR DATA, BUT THAT OF OUR KIDS. WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE PHOTOS, VIDEOS, AND INFORMATION ONCE WE’RE GONE?
Interestingly enough, there is now a law in Delaware that authorizes executors, guardians, etc. to access the online accounts of the deceased, much like fiduciary trustees can access monetary and medical records “subject to a will, trust, or power-of-attorney.” Individuals can also specify that their heirs “never open or change their digital assets.” For more on that law, click here.
Until the whole country adopts or copies Delaware’s law, it might be something to think about the next time you make out your will or update your existing will. And if you haven’t considered making out a will, read here for why you should.
Our online presence is important while we’re alive. We, especially as parents, who are in charge of so much online information for not only ourselves, but our children, need to think about what happens to it and who will have access to it once we’re dead.
Please note: This article first appeared on The Geek Parent.