New state laws regarding Facebook, estate debated
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.