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Facebook accounts ‘will be left in wills’

Independent.ie – John Fallon – 11 March 2013

PEOPLE may soon have to start including their Facebook and other social media accounts in their wills if they want family to have photos and other items after they die.

A legal symposium at NUI Galway at the weekend heard that the days of families inheriting shoeboxes of photos and correspondence will soon end and instead families will be left in a legal limbo.

Damien McCallig, a PhD student in the School of Law at NUIG, said it was almost inevitable that people would have to start specifying who should have their Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts.

He addressed a symposium, “Privacy from birth to death and beyond”, at NUIG and said there was a vast area which was not governed by legislation.

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