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How to Protect Your Digital Afterlife

Online, we’re permanent, intangible, immortal. So what happens when we die?  
From his Facebook page, you wouldn't know Paul Walker died last fall. Source: Facebook
From his Facebook page, you wouldn't know Paul Walker died last fall. Source: Facebook

We live increasingly virtual lives. We are our Facebook profiles, our iTunes libraries, our Amazon wish lists, our Dropbox files, our Twitter feeds. Online, we’re permanent, intangible, immortal. So what happens when we die?

The digital afterlife is one of many areas in which law has yet to catch up with technology's speedy intrusion into our businesses, communications and lives. There’s little consistency in how technology companies handle -- or don't handle -- what happens to an account when the user dies, leaving family and friends locked out or unsure what to do. A new proposal would address that, simplifying the process of laying digital ghosts to rest.