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Facebook After Death: Who Owns Your Pages When You Die?

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Post by day dreamer Tue 05 Feb 2013, 8:12 am

Facebook After Death: Who Owns Your Pages When You Die?





By JILIAN FAMA | ABC
OTUS News – 13 hrs
ago


ABC OTUS News - Facebook After Death: Who
Owns Your Pages When You Die? (ABC News)


Most people can't live
without Facebook
-- but what happens to your Facebook page when you are no longer living? New
Hampshire and other states are trying to figure that out.



State Rep. Peter Sullivan has introduced
legislation to allow the executor of an estate control over the social
networking pages of the dead. Last week, the New Hampshire House of
Representatives voted 222-128 to give Sullivan more time to write an amendment
that begins a study of the issue.

The bill proposed by Sullivan, a Democrat
from Manchester, would allow control of someone's Facebook, Twitter, and other
accounts such as Gmail to be passed to the executor of their estate after
death.

According to Sullivan, passage of his
bill would bridge a gap in policies of social media sites regarding posthumous
users. He said his bill would protect residents who have suffered loss.

"This would give the families a sense of
closure, a sense of peace. It would help prevent this form of bullying
that continues even after someone dies and nobody is really harmed by it."

In
an interview with WMUR
, Sullivan tells the story of a young Canadian girl
who committed suicide because of bullying. After she died the taunting continued
on her Facebook page.

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More About Teens Bullied On Facebook


"The family wasn't able to do anything;
they didn't have access to her account." Sullivan said. "They couldn't go in and
delete those comments, and they couldn't take the page down completely."

Five other states, including Oklahoma, Idaho, Rhode Island, Indiana and
Connecticut, have established legislation regulating one's digital presence
after death. Rhode Island and Connecticut were first, but their bills were
limited in scope to email accounts, excluding social networking sites.

According to opponents of Sullivan's bill, contracts and provisions between
the social media user and the site already lay out what happens to the page once
the user passes. Opponents say Sullivan's bill is unenforceable and incomplete.
Some also say the issue would be better suited for federal law.

Ryan Kiesel, then a state legislator from Oklahoma, sponsored a similar bill
in 2010 called the Digital Property Management After Death law. Though he
supports states' efforts to bring light to this issue, saying that it is a good
way to get the conversation started, he also believes that this is a case that
should eventually taken up by the federal government.

"Facebook and other online providers have changed their privacy policies to
keep up with the times, but we still see a lot of flux within different sites
like Facebook , Flickr, or Google, for example." Keisel told ABC News. "The
federal government should pass uniform laws to govern all digital assets because
it is quite difficult for an estate to have to navigate endless numbers of
digital policies postmortem."

Kiesel, who now works as a civil rights activist, compared one's digital
legacy to the distribution of someone's tangible assets after death.

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"In Oklahoma, if you are administrator of the estate of a deceased person's
house and you find a box under their bed, you are well within your right to see
what's inside that box and if property is worth distributing, you should
distribute it accordingly." Kiesel told ABC News that the same idea goes for
digital legacy.

Today marks the ninth Anniversary of the
launch of Facebook, which currently has over 1 billion active users. That
number, which has grown from just a million users in 2004, suggests there must
be an enormous number of Facebook pages that must currently be occupied by
deceased people.

Facebook has not completely ignored the growing number of deceased users. The
site has created a function allowing Facebook pages to become memorials after
they have died.

"Please use this form to request the
memorialization of a deceased person's account," the site reads. "We extend our
condolences and appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this
process."

Memorialization of a Facebook page,
however, can only be done via online request. And the terms of service for
Facebook's say that it will not issue login and password information to family
members of the deceased. The requestor must contact Facebook and request that
the profile is taken down or
memorialized





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http://news.yahoo.com/facebook-death-172350356.html

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