Facebook’s new Legacy Contact Option
I’ve now signed up for a Legacy Contact through Facebook, and I’ve designated trusted contacts to have access to my Google accounts through Google’s Inactive Account Manager when I no longer have access. I think about these issues a lot: for the past few years, I’ve been working with the Uniform Law Commission on making it easier for fiduciaries to access the digital assets of the account holders for whom they are fiduciaries, and for account holders to plan on what will happen to their digital assets when they die. Delaware has already enacted the legislation, and various states are considering it. A few other states have non-comprehensive legislation. So, in the absence of state laws – or even with state laws – the problem is how to plan for your online life when you can no longer manage it. Today, Facebook joined Google in prompting people to start making plans. The options on Facebook are still somewhat limited — your Contact doesn’t have complete control over your page, and may not be able to delete it — but this is a really positive development.