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What Happens to Data After Death?


October 9, 2012

IT World reports on what happens to an individual’s online data after death. There isn’t yet comprehensive legislation on how a deceased person’s data must be handled, and the draft of the revised European Data Protection Directive makes no mention of it, the report states. Instead, rules differ from one jurisdiction to the next. In Bulgaria, for example, data rights belong to the deceased’s heirs, while in Estonia, previously obtained consent to process personal data is deemed valid for 30 years after death, unless the data subject says otherwise during their living years.
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