01/25/2013 12:53 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2013

Online Afterlife Legislation Seeks To Give Legal Rights To Social Media Pages Of The Deceased

What happens to your Facebook account when you die?

It's a tricky question. Facebook allows only the living user of a registered account to have access to it -- families can't get full access to profiles unless there's documented instruction from the deceased. Other social media outlets have their own rules, as this HuffPost feature explains.

Now, one state is considering a bill that would give a personal representative of someone's estate control of the deceased's online accounts. Nebraska State Senator John Wightman introduced the bill. If passed, Nebraska would join Connecticut, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Indiana and Idaho, currently the only states with laws on digital assets or one's life online after death.

This is the second time Senator Wightman has introduced the bill, which did not pass committee last year. The legislature is debating whether to go forward or wait for something on a national level.



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