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Discussion:  What happens to your emails and Facebook page after you die?  Some states have passed legislation to allow executors access to a deceased person’s email and other digital assets, while Google has hired lobbyists to oppose it.   As it stands now, the ambiguity that awaits after a person passes away has often pinned greiving parents against technology giants in a fight over their loved ones’ online accounts.

Source:  Time

Date:  November 29, 2012

Link:  http://techland.time.com/2012/11/29/digital-legacy-law/?hpt=hp_t3

Discussion Questions:

  • Should executors be allowed access to a deceased persons’ email and Facebook accounts?
  • Why would technology companies like Google be opposed to laws that allow other people to access a user’s account after that person dies?

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