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Facebook after death: an evolving policy in a social network

Facebook after death: an evolving policy in a social network This article examines the current policies and the factors which shaped the policy and procedures that define Facebook after death. Examination of these policy choices helps to place earlier scrutiny of Facebooks deceased user policies in context, while also incorporating more recent developments including case law and legislative proposals that deal with digital remains and legacy. The early impact of internal factors, in particular, pressure from users of the social network, who were bound together by technical and contractual limits, set many of the parameters for later changes. External factors driven by families of the deceased, the media, privacy regulators, the estate planning industry and legislators eventually became more impactful on policy decisions and are analysed. This analysis draws out gaps in Facebooks policies and helps test the impact of proposed legislation. Ultimately, the article looks to the future and makes recommendations which will be useful for social network service providers and legislators with respect to the digital remains of deceased users. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Law and Information Technology Oxford University Press

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Oxford University Press
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The Author (2013). Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.
ISSN
0967-0769
eISSN
1464-3693
DOI
10.1093/ijlit/eat012
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Abstract

This article examines the current policies and the factors which shaped the policy and procedures that define Facebook after death. Examination of these policy choices helps to place earlier scrutiny of Facebooks deceased user policies in context, while also incorporating more recent developments including case law and legislative proposals that deal with digital remains and legacy. The early impact of internal factors, in particular, pressure from users of the social network, who were bound together by technical and contractual limits, set many of the parameters for later changes. External factors driven by families of the deceased, the media, privacy regulators, the estate planning industry and legislators eventually became more impactful on policy decisions and are analysed. This analysis draws out gaps in Facebooks policies and helps test the impact of proposed legislation. Ultimately, the article looks to the future and makes recommendations which will be useful for social network service providers and legislators with respect to the digital remains of deceased users.

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International Journal of Law and Information TechnologyOxford University Press

Published: Jun 25, 2014

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