Infographic - What Happens to My Online Presence When I Die?

By Peter Billingham Digital Death Advisor

We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.
— Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

Is Any Aspect of Our Lives Truly Private Anymore?

Everywhere we go in major cities CCTV tracks our movements. Use your iphone, and it can track exactly where you have been and records that location and time. Every click, post, tweet and search is logged, stored and could be retrieved. 

Facial recognition software is here and growing in its application.  Facebook have just brought FacioMetrics. Considering how many photos posted on Facebook are selfies, it is no wonder that Facebook is using such technologies to track and search back to our profiles. 

Reportedly, half of the population of the USA have their face now in a law-enforcement face-recognition database of some description. One tourist town in China has started using face-recognition technology to identify people staying in its hotels and to act as their entry pass through the gates of the attraction. 

What About My Privacy?

For many these developments create concerns of privacy. In the UK worries over "Snoopers Charter" ISPs are to store user’s “internet history” (yes, that means your browser history, among other things) for a full year in case the government wishes to take a look!

Is there anywhere sacred to the traces of my digital life?

Well, probably not.

Some sites suggest ways that you can delete your digital life from the internet. However, even then, some major sites such as Facebook and Twitter will keep and even give the public access to your data that was online. 

What Happens To My Online Presence When I Die?

This worry is prompting more people to ask - what happens to my online presence when I die? Who owns that? Who has access to that?

The team at WebpageFX, an Internet marketing company, created the impressive infographic below to explain some of the answers to those questions.  

If you are interested in finding out how you can manage your digital legacy in a way that creates secure plans for what happens after you die, sign up for the free EBook published at the end of this series on digital legacy.

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