In an online era, our personal information is primarily stored digitally. But what happens to those digital assets, like your social media accounts or important electronic documents, after you die?
Digital Estate Plan
Similar to a healthcare agent, a digital estate plan allows you to choose a digital executor – the person(s) who can access your digital property and online information after you are gone.
Here are four steps to get your planning started:
What happens to your Facebook (and other social media accounts)
If Facebook is notified you have passed away and have chosen not to delete your account, it will display the word “remembering” next to your profile name.
While memorialized profiles don’t appear in “people you may know” or “birthday reminders”, it provides a space for friends to share memories and stories.
You can visit Facebook’s FAQ to how to memorialize an account and add a legacy contact.
The Digital Beyond provides a breakdown of what happens to each social media platform after you die.
To preserve your Facebook profile with more control, you can select a “legacy contact” to oversee your memorialized account. It’s important to note that this individual must also be on Facebook.
Your legacy contact can accept friend requests, change the profile and cover photos, pin a tribute post, and request removal of the account. Not to fear, this person can’t see everything in your account. Legacy contact cannot read your message, change or remove posts you shared in the pasts.