Last week, the Uniform Law Commission drafted the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which is a mannequin regulation that might let kinfolk entry the social media accounts of the deceased. Because so many of us stay extra of our lives on-line, extra of what used to be tangible turns digital. “Where you used to have a shoebox full of household photographs, now these photographs are sometimes posted to an internet site.”
The objective of the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets goals to make the digital shoebox equally accessible to relations. “This is the idea of ‘media neutrality’ . . . . The regulation provides the executor of your property entry to digital belongings in the similar method he had entry to your tangible belongings in the previous world. It doesn’t matter in the event that they’re on paper or on an internet site.”
The ULC’s proposed regulation would override phrases-of-service agreements that specify the consumer alone can solely entry his or her account.
Yet corporations reminiscent of Facebook see a draw back to the proposed regulation. “The invoice takes no account of minimizing intrusions into the privateness of third events who communicated with the deceased . . . This would come with extremely confidential communications from third events who’re nonetheless alive—docs, psychiatrists, and clergy.”
See Molly Roberts, A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone, All Tech Considered, July 23, 2014.