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Who Gets Data After Death?

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August 23, 2013

The persistent question of what happens to digital data after people die is one that members of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) began wrestling with at their annual conference this week, Postmedia News reports. University of Saskatchewan Associate Dean Doug Surtees, a wills lawyer, explained that current law “doesn’t take ‘digital assets’ into account, and it’s time for legislation to deal with what will inevitably become a growing problem,” the report states. As Surtees put it, “Companies write agreements in ways that give people very, very few rights with respect to their digital assets, so I think what we need is legislation that simply sets out the rules.”
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