What happens to our data when we die?

We spend more time than ever online, and turn to websites and apps for critical communications, work, banking, and social services. The Digital Afterlife Project proposes that companies support individuals in preparing for their deaths, regulators preserve the rights of executors after death, and individuals plan their own digital estates.

We offer a free design toolkit with recommendations for companies. If your website or application provides user accounts, these guidelines can help you plan and develop the right features to help your users plan.

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Data privacy laws provide a way for users to access, manage, and delete their information from online platforms. These laws should be extended to estate executors who are acting on behalf of a deceased user.


Learn more about what you can do as an individual to create and manage digital directives, or what you can do when a loved one passes away without a plan.