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Breakingviews: Digitally dealing with death

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 03:18

Antony Currie and Reynolds Holding discuss a new law in Delaware that grants heirs more access to what can often be a deceased loved one's valuable online assets.

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I'm the president made his company in the news we've. That's security being preached for a critic counts but what about other passes that you have online think about what happens to all of you music books. Social networks. When you diagnose and sort of -- that -- you've been digging into this if I put it this way trying to look at what kind of access to your family your loved ones. Half once all of your help books I never -- everything goes on the -- these days and you know thank god protected find passports and security -- you know like because you get situations like Home Depot or or -- celebrity photos and an accident it. But what happens when you Dinah FaceBook Twitter all these places today. We're not revealing any passwords against our policy will get in trouble we do. Which is in many respects a cute policy for our trucks and understand why. But you know that you die affair with a -- say hey you know we knew this financial records and we'd like to get his photos family photo. What are we gonna do. And you do end up in situations like that it was in 2000. Five. Terrorist -- the father. These Marines could not yet his son died in -- -- -- could pocket the -- emails right from Yahoo!. Without a court order -- -- so Delaware that that that homo fortune favored on the fortune 500 companies that what we're gonna we're gonna step in -- -- passed a law. Last month that said any exact here. Some things will the person that carries out the instructions and -- can get access to this stuff but I get tree and get to an excellent and get all the stuff -- -- -- want. Which sounds great but now there are limits of that mean one thing is when you -- -- for example he buys music tonight Eugenia ebooks you know you're buying a license. -- -- not buying into a -- diplomacy if you auto -- that I -- it changed and snapple says look you know this licenses to this person's not -- its mobile loss it is eleven on the let me. He got up with the guys a couple of years old now Padilla that Americans on average value that digital assets it pretty good. -- I was actually did a study of it was 2011. And found that Americans value of their on line that it at some 55000 right. Probably higher now PS ebony does it goes clout months. There's a federal law that says look he cannot reveal the contents. Of -- digital rights electronic consumer. Stop now. Now does that cover emails we don't know yet probably take the court decides -- Maybe this Delaware worked that's Delaware law only goes so far so what do you do you know. Why in other companies the companies like Yahoo! would Twitter and and and and FaceBook probably not admit this spot. Just give people your passwords before he passed away right putter in your will -- -- look at anything happens to me in my past work. And so I think it is not that battle war and it price index finger and was gonna win if you actually get on -- -- sense. Yes I mean you got sick of Estonia and if you don't it's nice to have a really should happen as -- should be federal law that meant service model myself awards and maybe that takes compartment. It scared a large part of the problem. You know you're you're really in a tough spot it right PM close before you go after. -- thanks very much of that and will be back next week it -- breaking news.

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Breakingviews: Digitally dealing with death

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 03:18