In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever

10:50 AM, Mar 1, 2013   |    comments
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BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories -- as she did.

The Oregon Legislature responded this week and took up the cause with a proposal that would have made it easier for loved ones to access the "digital assets" of the deceased, only to be turned back by pressure from the tech industry, which argued that both a 1986 federal law and voluntary terms of service agreements prevent the sharing such information -- even if such a request were included in a last will and testament.

Still, the problem persists and discussions on the issue have gained momentum across the nation.


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