Soon you may be able to pry my Twitter account from my cold, dead hands

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The New South Wales government has commissioned a review of laws that govern what happens to an individual’s digital assets — such as their social media accounts, cryptocurrency or similar ‘virtual’ possessions — after they die or become incapacitated.

NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman said that retired Federal Court judge Dr Annabelle Bennett would conduct the review.

“As a specialist in intellectual property law, she’s the ideal person to take the lead on exploring whether NSW needs new laws to regulate what happens to digital assets after we’re gone or can’t make important decisions for ourselves,” Speakman said in a statement.

Bennett has been appointed a part-time Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission (LRC)

“Many of our current laws were developed long before the advent of email, social media and cryptocurrency, which adds a level of complexity that needs to be untangled for family, friends and lawyers trying to untangle digital asset ownership issues,” the NSW attorney-general said.



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