Saturday, September 19, 2015
From the Trust Advisor:
A user’s guide to how different Internet companies treat our digital data when we die:
Google: First to create an “Inactive Account Manager” tool to choose who should have access to emails, photos, documents, YouTube videos and other information when you die, and whether you want your account to be deleted. If you don’t take action, family members will typically need a court order to access your files.
Facebook: Users can choose if they want their account memorialized (setting up a permanent or temporary online memorial) or permanently deleted from the social network after they die.
Yahoo: Deletes inactive accounts and will not discloses a user’s files upon death, citing the privacy terms each user agrees to before signing up for account.
Microsoft: Deletes inactive Outlook/Hotmail accounts; discloses some data to heirs upon request or court order.
For more on the intricacies, please click here.