Chapter 9 Will Your Digital Assets Be Buried?

When their youngest son died unexpectedly, the parents looked to his Facebook account for some comfort. The family felt that as the heirs to their son’s estate, they were entitled to access his digital assets, including his social media accounts, email, digital photos and online banking records. However, Facebook refused to give them access, and despite a court fight, Facebook has continued its policy of not turning over the account.159

Digital Assets

First, we need to define digital assets. One definition commonly used states that a digital asset is any item of text or media that has ...

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