‘Digital legacy’ is not a phrase that many of us would have given much thought about in the past but with the explosion of the digital age and the ever-increasing use of social media perhaps we should start.
The issue has been brought to our attention this week as a High Court judge ordered Facebook to reveal the identity of the individual who requested the deletion of a dead man’s profile. The removal has been heartbreaking for his long-term partner due to the devastating loss of personal data such as photos, poems, music and messages, yet Facebook has so far declined to disclose who requested the closure.
Obviously, issues surrounding data protection have dominated the news in recent months and a case such as this further emphasizes the need to protect your digital assets. Although, you may think any content you post belongs to you, this case begs the question as to who really decides what happens to your personal data.
Azra Sabados told the court that it was as if her partner had “died a second time” when she discovered that all the messages and photographs relating to him had been removed.