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Estate Planning for Digital Assets

ONLINE PRIVACY

May 28, 2013

The New York Times reports on the issue of end-of-life planning for online data. “Digital assets have value, sometimes sentimental and sometimes commercial, just like a boxful of jewelry,” one lawyer notes, suggesting they can result in “painful legal and emotional issues for relatives unless you decide how to handle your electronic possessions in your estate planning.” The report highlights options available to online users—including Google’s Inactive Account Manager, which allows users to “decide exactly how they want to deal with the data they’ve stored online with the company”—as well as expert recommendations for getting “your Internet house in order.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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