Every day we generate huge amounts of data – emails, messages, social network updates, photographs, information about our health, diet, activity… the list goes on.
Unlike us, that data is here to stay – so what should our loved ones do with it in the event of our deaths?
Iain Twigg was 33 when he passed away.
“I woke up the day after he died and it’s a whole different world and there was so much to do,” his widow Caroline told me.
Iain had been undergoing successful chemotherapy for a brain tumour. Then suddenly he experienced a seizure and three months later he was gone.
While her parents helped Caroline tackle probate and sort out financial arrangements, there was one legacy that she had to tackle alone.
“Iain wasn’t a person who liked the internet or the computer, he complained about how much time people spent on it and yet he still ended up with so many different accounts and passwords and a whole life online,” she said.
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Source Credits: Zoe Kleinman in BBC News Technology. Image above is for illustrative purpose only and does not relate to persons stated.