Clive Coleman
BBC News
07 April 2015

How do we protect our digital legacy after death?

New YouGov research commissioned by the law firm Mishcon de Reya reveals an alarming lack of knowledge of who owns our online material.

Around one in four simply have no idea, while one in three believe it belongs to Facebook after death.

So who does own our online content?

Mark Keenan, a partner at Mishcon de Reya says:

'It's a legal minefield, it's the new frontier. People are just not reading the terms and conditions, and what we are seeing is a real increase in disputes between competing family members and the service providers."

There are no norms or standard practice among online providers for how digital assets are passed on to heirs.

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