New state laws re­gard­ing Face­book, es­tate de­bated

The Washington Times Daily - - Business -

LIN­COLN | What hap­pens to your Face­book page af­ter you die? Law­mak­ers and at­tor­neys in at least two states are con­sid­er­ing pro­pos­als that would re­quire so­cial net­works to let fam­ily mem­bers ac­cess the ac­count of a dead loved one.

The is­sue is grow­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as peo­ple record more thoughts and ex­pe­ri­ences on­line and more dis­putes break out over that ma­te­rial.

Ok­la­homa was the first state to take ac­tion, pass­ing a law last year. Now Ne­braska and Ore­gon are con­sid­er­ing sim­i­lar mea­sures.

Face­book al­ready has a sys­tem to re­port deaths. When the site learns that a mem­ber has died, it puts that per­son’s ac­count in a memo­ri­al­ized state. But the leg­is­la­tion would go be­yond that prac­tice by mak­ing the site con­tents part of a per­son’s dig­i­tal es­tate.

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