Facebook After Death Bill Gets Hearing

Jan 15, 2013

The proposal would grant executors power over the social media accounts of the deceased.

According to its sponsor, Manchester Democrat Peter Sullivan, giving executors access to a decedent's social media accounts would bring probate law into the 21st century.

"This would give the families a sense of closure, a sense of peace. It would help prevent this form of bullying that continues even after someone dies and nobody is really harmed by it."  

Sullivan says the law would give NH residents protections he says are lacking in the policies of social media companies like Facebook and Twitter.  A few states have already enacted laws to clarify the digital rights of the dead. A lawyer with the NH bar association called Sullivan’s proposal well-intentioned, but questioned whether the issue would be better handled with a federal law.