28 June 2017

Who Owns Your Data When You Are Dead?


When a 15-year-old German girl died, hit by a subway train, it was a tragedy. Her distraught parents turned to her online accounts for answers: was this an awful accident or was it a premeditated action? What was going on in her online life, and how was it affecting her every day? Those parents still do not know. The data and critically, the passwords, were the private property of the young girl. Not her parents. The ownership of data at the moment of death is a modern question. Whose hands does it fall into? Who has rights, and who can stake a...

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