As a society we need to collectively decide what to do with the data we accumulate about ourselves during life, and create legal programs to organize and archive it.

Your e-mails, your photos, your bank records, your personal blog, your passwords: what happens to your online information when you die? That’s the question posed by Marc Davis, partner architect with Microsoft, who spoke at a SXSW panel called “Demystifying Online Privacy and Empowering the Digital Self.” As Davis explains, the problem stems from a lack of legal proceedings regarding a person’s online property after death:

Usually, where commerce and society meet legally is the concept of property. What’s missing is a concept of contract law and property rights for digital information.

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