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Death, data and the internet: Managing your assets in the digital sphere

Death, data and the internet: Managing your assets in the digital sphere | Ditigal Law | Scoop.it
It might be a gloomy question, but in the age of cloud computing, it’s critically important to consider who can access your data after you die.
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This advice would put you in breach of many online contracts.

 

Online providers make the whole area more complex than it needs to be.

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Google Death Manager? Search engine giant lets you plan digital afterlife with 'Inactive Account Manager' tool

Google Death Manager? Search engine giant lets you plan digital afterlife with 'Inactive Account Manager' tool | Ditigal Law | Scoop.it
To my brother, I leave... my Yahoo email account password.
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Poorly named and not entirely correct, but this is a step in the right direction.

When people understand that they do not own all of their digital content, they will understand how to pass on what they do own.

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Britons leave internet passwords in wills - Telegraph

Britons leave internet passwords in wills - Telegraph | Ditigal Law | Scoop.it
A growing number of Britons are including their internet passwords in their wills so that their family and friends can access and save their personal data on sites such as Facebook after they die, says a new report.
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More bad practice... wills become public after your death.

 

Passwords need to be passed on legally and in a different way.

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What happens to your iTunes music when you die?

Some cloud services - like iTunes - don't let you pass on your music, video and book collections when you die. SBS meets the director of the Peats Ridge Musi...
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Providing advice via Skype for SBS News, Australia.

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Kids Can Erase Online Gaffes Under California Law -- InformationWeek

Kids Can Erase Online Gaffes Under California Law -- InformationWeek | Ditigal Law | Scoop.it
Law raises larger questions about minors and their behavior, as well as anyone's right to be forgotten online.
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Entitlement to control your own content is a mainstay of IP law... This should be well received and a small step in the right direction

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Can you pass on your downloads after you die?

Can you pass on your downloads after you die? | Ditigal Law | Scoop.it
If you’ve built up a proud collection of Amazon ebooks and iTunes music tracks, can you pass these downloads on to your loved ones after your death?
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...no you can't.

 

Setting out what you own and do not own is very difficult when contracts with providers are so long, and rarely read.

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Survey: Ten percent of Brits include Internet passwords in will

Survey: Ten percent of Brits include Internet passwords in will | Ditigal Law | Scoop.it
The results of a survey carried out in the UK has showed that 10 percent of British people now leave password information for various websites in their will.
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Despite this statistic, passwords are not best kept in your will...

 

...a will becomes public after your death.

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Preparing for the digital afterlife

Preparing for the digital afterlife | Ditigal Law | Scoop.it
No one likes to think about death, but when we die, our online identity lingers on. Which is why many are writing a digital will.
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'Digital Wills' is still a term of art, but  will become so prominent in the next few years.

It is so important to know what you own and what you do not, and pass on what you can.

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Google buys gesture start-up Flutter

Google buys gesture start-up Flutter | Ditigal Law | Scoop.it
A start-up that develops software that can control iTunes and Netflix using human gestures is being bought by Google.
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Perhaps we'll be signing documents in future by dancing to Night Fever...

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