Monday, January 28, 2013
Sarah Kellogg (Washington Lawyer) has recently published an article entitled, Managing Your Digital Afterlife: Cyber Footprint, Ownership, and Access, Washington Lawyer (Jan. 2013). Provided below is the introduction from the DC Bar:
Everyone dies, but thanks to Web sites and social media networks, your digital life likely never will. Long after you’re gone, your digital presence will echo throughout the Web—on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and countless other social media platforms—for years, if not decades, to come.
All those videos, status updates, tweets, and e–mails have so expanded the average person’s digital footprint that he or she carries into death a mountain of electronic content. While much of it is personal communications or amusing fluff, individuals also have built up confidential financial information through online banking systems as well as sites such as Amazon and PayPal. In addition, there are valuable libraries—e–books, games, movies, subscriptions, etc.—that traditionally have been passed on to surviving family members.