People have the right to pass on or delegate access to digital products and services after they die so that their digital legacy can be maintained by a trusted person. New organisations may be required to oversee this process.
Major social networks have mechanisms in place to deal with accounts after the user has died, for example, legacy contact on Facebook.
United States: Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Indiana, Oklahoma, Idaho and Nevada have laws governing access to the digital assets of the deceased.
Tom Steinberg proposes a digital public institution that handles the digital accounts of the deceased.
Part of a series of prototypes looking at what new services are possible through the General Data Protection Regulation, IF propose a guardian for digital identity, that will maintain digital accounts according to the wishes of the deceased based on Steinberg’s proposal.