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What happens to your Facebook and other social media accounts after your death? State lawmakers are pondering that question as they consider new laws about a deceased person's "digital estate."
Most recently, a New Hampshire lawmaker proposed a bill that would allow the executor of an estate to access and shut down Facebook accounts. According to Facebook's terms of service, the company will not divulge login information, even to a deceased user's relatives, ABC News reports.
If passed, New Hampshire would join five other states that have already passed laws addressing one's online accounts after death (not all of them address social media sites like Facebook, however). Those states are:
The New Hampshire law is still far from approval. The lawmaker who proposed the bill is still researching the issue. However, given the number of Facebook users and the importance of Facebook in many people's lives, you can expect more states to consider new laws.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
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