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What Happens to Our Data After Death?

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 30, 2012

When it comes to our final wishes for the digital data we amass in the course of our lives, a news.com.au report suggests that “unless you get control over your digital collections and social networking pages now, it will be very difficult for your loved ones to access all of your content once you're gone.” The report examines the ways social networks allow—or don’t allow—loved ones to access or deactivate accounts of the deceased. Quoting Facebook, the report says the best way to sum up what happens to our data after death is, “It's complicated.” Editor's Note: A past feature in Inside 1 to 1: PRIVACY examines the questions around who owns the digital data stored in sites and caches across the web.
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