A recent extension to the cultural relationship with death is the increasing number of people who die having created a large amount of digital content, such as social media profiles, that will remain after death. This may result in concern and confusion, because of automated features of dormant accounts (e.g. birthday reminders), uncertainty of the deceased's preferences that profiles be deleted or left as a memorial, and whether information that may violate the deceased's privacy (such as email or browser history) should be made accessible to family.
Issues with how this information is sensitively dealt with are further complicated as it may belong to the service provider (not the deceased) and many do not have clear policies on what happens to the accounts of deceased users. While some sites, including Facebook and Twitter, have policies related to death, others remain dormant until deleted due to inactivity or transferred to family or friends. The FADA (Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act) was set in place to legally make it possible to transfer digital possessions legally. 
Gmail and Hotmail allow the email accounts of the deceased to be accessed, provided certain requirements are met. Yahoo! Mail will not provide access, citing the No Right of Survivorship and Non-Transferability clause in the Yahoo! terms of service. In 2005 Yahoo! was ordered by the Probate Court of Oakland County, Michigan, to release emails of deceased US Marine Justin Ellsworth to his father, John Ellsworth.
In the early days Facebook used to delete profiles of dead people. In October 2009, the company introduced “memorial pages” responding to multiple user request related to Virginia Tech shooting (2007). After receiving a proof of death via a special form the profile was converted into a tribute page with minimal personal details, where friends and family members could share their grief.
In February 2015, Facebook allowed users to appoint a friend or family member as a "legacy contact" with the rights to manage their page after death.  It also gave Facebook users an option to have their account permanently deleted when they die.
As of January 2019, all of the 3 options were active.
In 2017, Reuters reported that a German court rejected a mother’s demand to access her deceased daughter’s memorized account stating that the right to private telecommunications outweighed the right to inheritance. In July 2018, Dubai’s DIFC Courts ruling clarified that Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts should be bequeathed in legally binding will.
Social media network has also been criticized for not responding to relative’s requests to alter information on memorized accounts. Another popular criticism is that Facebook users don’t realize that their content is ultimately owned not by them, but by Facebook.
Dropbox determines inactive accounts by looking at sign-ins, file shares, and file activity over the last 12 months. Dropbox deletes all the files stored on inactive accounts an account is inactive, the service will close it and all the files will be deleted. To request access to the account of someone who has died, heirs will need to send a certain amount of documents by mail (not by an email). Alternatively, files of deceased users can be accessed via the dedicated Dropbox folder on their computer, which syncs to their account online.
In April 2013, Google announced the creation of the 'Inactive Account Manager', which allows users of Google services to set up a process in which ownership and control of inactive accounts is transferred to a delegated user.
Google also allows users to submit a range of requests regarding accounts belonging to deceased users. Google can work with immediate family members and representatives to close online accounts in some cases once a user is known to be deceased, and in certain circumstances may provide content from a deceased user's account.
MySpace will allow a memorial to be set up to honor deceased users.
Until 2010, Twitter (launched in July 2006) didn’t have a policy on handling deceased user accounts, and just deleted timelines of users who have died. In August 2010, Twitter allowed to memorialize accounts upon request from family members and provided them with an option of either deleting the account or obtaining a permanent backup of the deceased user's public tweets.
As of January 2019, the only option that Twitter offered for the accounts of dead people, was account deactivation. Previously published content is not removed. To deactivate an account Twitter requires an immediate family member to present a copy of their ID and a death certificate of the deceased. Twitter specifies that it doesn’t provide account access to anyone, but allowed people having login and password to continue posting. A popular example is Roger Ebert’s account supported by his wife Chaz.
In 2012, The Next Web columnist Martin Bryant noticed that since Twitter, unlike Facebook, didn’t have ‘one account per real person’ emphasis, memorializing accounts presented a difficulty to the service. He also criticized the service for the lack of control over hacking of such accounts and disapproved the practice of passing dead people’s usernames to new owners after a certain period of inactivity.
In 2013, Variety ran a feature about Cory Monteith’s Twitter account that had 1.5 million followers at the moment on his death and gained almost 1 million new followers afterwards. Monteith’s fans also launched #DontDeleteCorysTwitter campaign. As of January 2019, celebrity’s account had 1.64 million followers.
iCloud and iTunes accounts are “non transferable” since the content is not owned - users have a licence to access it.
Users who have made at least several hundred edits or are otherwise known for substantial contributions to Wikipedia can be noted at a central memorial page. Wikipedia user pages are ordinarily fully edit-protected after the user has died, to prevent vandalism.
YouTube grants access to accounts of deceased persons under certain conditions. It is one of the data options that one can select to give access to a trusted contact with Google's Inactive Account Manager.
Digital inheritance is the process of handing over (personal) digital assets to (human) beneficiaries. These digital assets include digital estates and the right to use them. It may include bank accounts, writings, photographs, and social interactions.
There are several services that offer to keep multiple passwords, sending them to people of personal choice after death. Some of these send the customer an email from time to time, prompting to confirm that that person is still alive, and failure to respond to multiple emails makes the service provider to assume that the person has deceased, and will thereafter give out the passwords as previously requested. The Data Inheritance function from SecureSafe gives an "activator code" that the customer will hand to another trustworthy person of personal choice, and in the event of death that person then enters the code into Secure Safe's system to get access to the deceased person's digital inheritance. Legacy Locker and SafeBeyond require two verifiers who both must confirm the death, as well as providing a death certificate, before any passwords will be handed out.
For those who are paranoid about their online Privacy, platforms like LifeBank offer a helpful secure capability to store all internet account passwords offline whilst ensuring that a trusted person is given permission to access the individual's LifeBank when they die. This gives the inheritor the ability to access and edit accounts, including deleting information or indeed the entire account.
With the heavy increase in social media use, social media is affecting the way deaths are treated. "Virtual funerals" and various other forms of previously physical memorabilia are being introduced into the digital world. Information about the person and details of their death, life, and everything in between can now be found circling the internet.  After someone dies, on almost all of their social media accounts you can find condolences and final messages to the person or family. Families of deceased or dying people are receiving messages of encouragement and disbelief from friends and family around the world, and sometimes from people they haven't spoken to in a long time.  Social media has been having a huge impact on the way that we live and it is now affecting what happens after we die. The world is changing rapidly, so the traditional ways of the past and changing as well. Funerals and memorials were always done physically, but the internet has added freedom and allows people to perform the same tasks from all other the world.
A will, often called a "Last Will and Testament", is a legal document that allows a person to give instructions on what to do with their possessions once they die. It is also used so that people can declare a legal guardian for their children in the event of their death. In the digital age, people
have been wondering what happens to their digital presence once they die. Digital wills are wills that determine the fate of a person’s digital presence once they die. These archives encompass any online account that a person may have such as social media, shopping sites, and gaming sites. Many websites now have a set of guidelines and procedures that can be followed to remove a deceased person’s account from their servers. These procedures may vary from site to site. However, a digital will is a way to determine the fate of your online presence in one location instead of having to make arrangements with each site individually.Digital inheritance
Digital inheritance is the process of handing over (personal) digital media in the form of digital assets and rights to (human) beneficiaries. The process includes understanding what digital assets and rights exist and dealing with them after a person has died.
Digital media play an increasingly important role in life. The media in which a digital inheritance resides can be owned by or independent of the deceased. In contrast with physical assets, digital assets are ephemeral and subject to constant change. Intellectual property and privacy, particularly post-mortem privacy, are additional factors. Digital inheritance may present a challenge for data heirs in its complexity and intricacy, and may have legal implications. With the average person having multiple online accounts, digital inheritance has become a complex issue.Ego Death (album)
Ego Death is the third studio album by American R&B band The Internet. It was released on June 26, 2015, by Columbia Records and Odd Future Records.
Ego Death was supported by the singles; "Special Affair" and "Girl". The album was nominated at the 2016 Grammy Awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album.Index of articles related to terms of service and privacy policies
Terms of service are regularly the subject of news articles throughout the English-language press, such as in the US, UK, Africa, India, Singapore, and Australia. Terms of service are also addressed in a widely reviewed documentary, academic research, and legal research.Outline of death
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to death:
Death – termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism.Personal archiving
Personal Archiving is a branch of archival science and genealogy, focusing on the capture and preservation of an individual's personal papers and other documentary output, generally by the individuals concerned. It is often related to family history, when family historians are engaged in capturing their own living history to leave as a legacy for future generations. This branch of family history is allied to the growth in activities such as photograph and record scanning which seeks to preserve materials beyond their original life.
Modern personal archiving is often concerned with digital preservation, especially with collating individual's content from social media websites and ensuring the long-term preservation of this. This often deals with migration of digital content, as a means of preservation, rather than the tradition tasks of conservation of paper-based records.Social media and suicide
Social media and suicide is a relatively new phenomenon, which influences suicide-related behavior. Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, in the year 2019, approximately 1.53 million people will die from suicide. There is increasing evidence that this behavior of using social media affects and changes people's lives, especially in teenagers. Suicide has been identified not only as an individual phenomenon, but it is influenced by social and environmental factors. As the internet becomes more ingrained in people's everyday life, they are desensitized to the mental and emotional issues it can cause to an individual.In one of the widely known cases, the death of Phoebe Prince, it is generally believed that her actions of suicide were motivated by cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is a huge problem linked to increases in suicide rates (Mason, 2008). One explanation that has arisen, is the cause and effect relationship between social media advertised suicides and younger generations being influenced by them. Aside from kids being influenced by suicide tendencies online, there is the psychological explanation behind "of fame". The first person who committed suicide live on today's social media platforms – Océane Ebem, an eighteen-year-old woman from Égly in the suburbs of Paris – explicitly said, "I want to communicate a message, and I want it to be passed around, even if it's very shocking."The media tends to popularize videos and social media posts in order to inform the public of the rising trouble, which creates popular appeal to the young and immature minds of teenagers. Social media could provide higher risks with the promotion of different kinds of pro-suicidal sites, message boards, chat rooms and forums. In addition, the Internet not only reports suicide incidents but documents suicide methods (for example, suicide pacts, an agreement between two or more people to commit suicide at a particular time and often by the same lethal means). The role the Internet plays, particularly social media, in suicide-related behavior is a topic of growing interest.Will and testament
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Though it has at times been thought that a "will" was historically limited to real property while "testament" applies only to dispositions of personal property (thus giving rise to the popular title of the document as "Last Will and Testament"), the historical records show that the terms have been used interchangeably. Thus, the word "will" validly applies to both personal and real property. A will may also create a testamentary trust that is effective only after the death of the testator.