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Facebook Blocks Demand for Contents of Deceased User’s Account

On September 20, 2012, Facebook obtained a court order blocking a demand to turn over the contents of a deceased user’s Facebook account. The executor of Sahar Daftary’s estate requested a subpoena to compel Facebook to turn over the decedent’s Facebook … Continue reading

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How Secure Are Your Online Account Passwords?

With announcements this month from popular Web sites LinkedIn, eHarmony, and Last.fm that a significant number of user passwords may have been compromised, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “How secure are your passwords?” It’s also a good time … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Family Struggles to Obtain Access to Deceased Son’s Facebook and Gmail Accounts

A June 1, 2012, article by Jessica Hopper posted on MSNBC’s Rock Center, describes a Wisconsin family’s attempts to gain access to their deceased son’s online accounts. As I mention in previous postings, it can be a very time–consuming, expensive, … Continue reading

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Update on Whether It’s a Crime for Fiduciaries to Access a Decedent’s Online Accounts

I’ve written previously that using an incapacitated or deceased person’s passwords to access that person’s online accounts may not be permitted under the Web service’s Terms of Service contract, and it might even be construed as “unauthorized access” under a … Continue reading

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Jim Lamm Quoted in The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog

On February13, 2012, I was quoted in The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog in the article “What Happens to Your ‘Digital Assets’ When You Die?” by Steve Eder. The article also quotes my colleague, Gene Hennig, who co–authored a Project … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead for Access to Contents of a Decedent’s Online Accounts

February 1 was informally designated as “Change Your Password Day,” and a good collection of articles is available at Lifehacker.com about how to test the strength of your passwords, how to update your passwords with “strong” passwords, and a list … Continue reading

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Zappos.com Customer Account Information Compromised

On January 15, 2012, Zappos.com announced that their customer account information may have been compromised, including customer names, e–mail addresses, billing and shipping addresses, and phone numbers. CNN reports that this affects 24 million Zappos.com customers. Fortunately, Zappos.com announced that customer … Continue reading

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Unique Virtual Sword Sells for $16,000 in Age of Wulin Video Game

I’ve written before about estate planning and charitable giving with video games and virtual worlds. Here’s another example of how valuable digital property can be—including virtual items in video games. In December 2011, the developers of the video game Age … Continue reading

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How to Delete Online Accounts and Digital Footprints

On November 10, 2011, Jeffrey A. Lambert posted a story at Maximum PC called How to Erase Your Digital Footprint. The article describes how much information Facebook, Google, and other companies collect about your Web browsing and other Internet activities, especially … Continue reading

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