Facebook after death legislation introduced in New Hampshire
What happens to your Facebook account when you pass away? What about Twitter, email, and all of your other online accounts? That question is up for debate right now in New Hampshire, as State Representative Peter Sullivan has introduced legislation regarding where control of your online identity goes after you die.
According to New Hampshire's WMUR, the proposed bill would see control of a person's online accounts go to the executor of their estate. Citing the crude remarks directed at Canadian teen Amanda Todd, on her Facebook profile, after she committed suicide, Sullivan says, "This would give the families a sense of closure, a sense of peace. It would help prevent this form of bullying that continues even after someone dies and nobody is really harmed by it."
Currently, Facebook does have a way to disable the profile of a deceased family member, however the system isn't fool proof. Recently, it was discovered how easy abusing the tool is, leading to people being locked out as a prank.
New Hampshire isn't the first state to take up this discussion. Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Indiana, Idaho, and Connecticut all have legislation on the books regarding social network accounts after death. Opponents of Sullivan's bill believe it's incomplete and cannot be enforced, while others say this is something that should be taken care of at the federal level.
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