Facebook after death debated

2012-03-16 06:48

What happens to your Facebook page after you die?

Lawmakers and attorneys in at least two US states are considering proposals that would require social networks to let family members access the account of a dead loved one.

The issue is increasingly important as people record more online and more disputes break out over that material.

Oklahoma was the first state to take action, passing a law in 2011. Now Nebraska and Oregon are considering similar measures.

Facebook already has a system to report deaths. When the site learns that a member has died, it puts that person’s account in a memorialised state.

But the legislation would go beyond that practice by making the site contents part of a person’s digital estate.


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