January 6, 2013

Who Controls Your Digital Legacy?

Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal


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Alison Atkins died on July 27 at age 16. Online, her family is losing its hold on her memory.

Three days after the Toronto teen lost a long battle with a colon disease, her sister Jaclyn Atkins had a technician crack Alison's password-protected MacBook Pro. Her family wanted access to Alison's digital remains: Facebook, FB +3.56% Twitter, Tumblr, Yahoo YHOO +0.40% and Hotmail accounts that were her lifeline when illness isolated her at home.

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