Delaware passes law addressing social media legacy - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Delaware passes law addressing social media legacy

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Most of us have an online footprint and now one state is trying to clear up confusion about what happens to those accounts if someone dies.

Delaware just passed a law that allows executors of an estate access to the digital assets. The governor says the goal is to "match the reality of how people live in the 21st Century."

The law also covers things like health records, cloud storage and social media accounts.

There are companies that offer users the option of assigning a beneficiary. If a Google account remains inactive for a certain amount of time, the beneficiary is contacted and given the ability to log-in to the Gmail account.

For Twitter, a death certificate is needed before an account can be shut down.

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