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Where Does Your Digital Data Go If You Die?

Dead person on digital data. Photo: sfgate.comInteresting article in this morning’s S.F. Chron about the problems that occur when someone dies, and online content of economic or sentimental value is hidden behind private passwords.

"As more of our daily activities have migrated into the online realm, the digital cloud has not only become an often indispensable work tool, but also an archive for the story of our lives. Piece together e-mails, photographs and other online notes and musings shared through social networking and you’d have quite a comprehensive picture of who a person was.

"So what happens to our digital identity when we die? Odds are it will remain trapped in the Internet without someone investing quite some time and effort."

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