Attorneys and advocates for the deceased are now pushing for laws to protect the data of deceased individuals by placing their passcodes and phones into the hands of a trusted professional such as a lawyer. This has come to light after a man drugged his wife in order to use her fingerprint to access private information on her phone. The atrocity of this case has lead society to realize how important it is for the data to be protected, even after they cross over.
- A digital will is a document detailing passwords and similar data that us entrusted to an attorney’s keeping.
- Such a legal document would be useful for police personnel, attempting to obtain needed phone and computer records.
- One lurid case that would benefit from a digital will involves a husband using a date rape drug to get his wife’s print and thereby access to her phone.
“Digital wills, you might think, could act as a mighty means of protection against felonious acts of jealousy.”