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You can now assign a friend or family member to take over your Facebook profile when you die.
The oft-requested feature allows you to choose a Facebook (FB, Tech30) friend to be a “legacy contact,” who will serve as a kind of executor of your social network page. The friend can post information on your behalf (such as funeral details), respond to new friend requests and update your profile photo.

Facebook said the legacy contact can’t actually log into your account, change or delete any past posts, read your Facebook messages or remove your friends. But you can let your legacy contact download a copy of everything you’ve shared on Facebook, if you choose.

Source: CNN Money

Date: February 18th, 2015

Link (to paste into browser): http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/12/technology/facebook-legacy-contact/index.html

Discussion

1) The notion of designating someone to be responsible (or have access to) your digital persona once you die is very new. What other organizations should consider this feature?

2) Facebook is letting people designate their “after death” person. What policies and procedures might a company need in place for a) allowing people to just download a full copy of an entire person’s digital persona, and b) allow access to a person’s digital account?

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