Life is short. One usually realizes it when an acquaintance or a friend suddenly departs the world. But Facebook made me recognize this fact today. As always, Facebook suggested a friend in ‘People You May Know’ column. Unfortunately he cannot be a Facebook or a non Facebook friend of anyone and a lot of people feel the pain of his death. This brings up a question in my mind. What happens to digital media of a deceased person?
Google, Yahoo and Facebook have policies about the emails and status messages. What happens to blog posts and other media? The laws granting or denying rights to heirs based on the deceased person’s will are applicable on the digital media too. However if the data is on a service provider’s server or password protected, the laws become complicated. Also a lot of people do not write a will and digital media does not have boundaries of the nations either.
I wish all my readers a life longer and greater than the Great Wall of China, but we can not ignore the ultimate reality of the life. May be we shall all consider the simplest possible solution i.e. sharing the passwords with a trusted person or a significant other.
What do you think?