Amidst the rollercoaster of emotions, planning of the funeral, writing of the eulogy and hosting far away relatives, the passing of a family member is not an easy one. With the advent of digital assets, not only are you transitioning their death in the physical world, spiritual world and mental world but also the digital world.
A new law in Delaware called the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Actallows a beneficiary access to the digital assets of the recently deceased.
This includes emails, social media accounts, health records, cloud storage and access to Grandma’s Farmville account. Some companies including Google and Twitter are already offering users the option of assigning a beneficiary. On Google, for instance, a beneficiary is contacted if an account is inactive for a certain period of time. This gives the beneficiary access to emails (Now an even better reason to start cleaning out that inbox!), ability to shut down the account or even set up an auto-reply message to friends.
Twitter also provides this service, but requires a death certificate prior to access.
Supporters of the new law hope that this legislation will spread to other states, assisting family members during these troubled times.
Whether it’s funeral flowers or a Farmville finale, Delaware-ings are provided more access to there loved ones digital accounts. Perhaps this is something that will make its way to the good ol’ Sunshine State.
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