Privacy Rights of the Deceased

Privacy Rights of the Deceased

Early last year, social media giant, Facebook, finally created a policy for its deceased users. A legacy contact, or a person designated by the user, can manage his account after his death. He can pin a post on the latter’s timeline, accept friend requests, update his profile picture, or download an archive of photos. What he couldn’t do however, is to read private messages. “We respect the privacy of those contacts. It didn’t make sense to include those messages,” Facebook product manager Vanessa Callison-Burch explained.

In a way, Facebook is being instrumental in the move towards digital estate management, something that is increasingly being popular in many states in the U.S.

Turning to the Philippines, the Data Privacy Act includes provisions that protect the digital privacy rights of deceased persons by providing for the transmissibility of rights of the data subject.

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