Your will lays out who gets what—your money and other assets are divvied up among your favorite friends and family—and long-established rules determine how your physical and financial assets are handled in your passing. Yet there's one glaring oversight in all this—dealing with digital assets, like social media accounts or websites.
As it stands, when you die, your digital accounts often become inaccessible. Family can ask for your Facebook page to be frozen as a memorial, but they can't take it over, says ABC News. A new law in Delaware, however, is set to change how the state's residents handle digital assets. Under the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act, says Ars Technica, digital accounts can now be handed down just like anything else.
According to lawyers interviewed by Ars Technica, there may be some privacy problems with the new law: imagine your family having full access to years' worth of Facebook chat logs or Twitter direct messages. But since the decision to hand over the keys rests with you, hopefully you'll have a chance to scrub everything down before you kick the bucket.