WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of influential lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when you die.
The Uniform Law Commission is expected to endorse a plan today to automatically give loved ones access to a deceased person’s digital accounts, unless otherwise specified in a will.
To become law in a state, the legislation would have to be adopted by the state’s legislature. But if it does, designating such access could become an important tool in estate planning, allowing people to decide which accounts should die when they do.
The plan is likely to frustrate some privacy advocates, who say people shouldn’t have to draft a will to protect sensitive files.
GRIEVING DAD’S PLEA
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Just days after his infant daughter’s death, Nathen Steffel asked strangers on the Internet for only one thing: He and his wife wanted a photo of their daughter without the breathing tubes and tape that masked her little face.
The response has been overwhelming.
Hundreds of photos, sketches and paintings have poured into the family’s northwestern Ohio home and their inbox.
“I’m getting messages in languages from all over the world,” Steffel said Wednesday. “It’s more than I can count.”
His daughter, Sophia, died last Thursday at a Cincinnati hospital from complications of a tumor in her liver, six weeks after she was born in Columbus. She was awaiting a transplant when she died.
Her father posted a message on Reddit asking if anyone could use their photo of Sophia in the hospital and remove the tubes attached to her face and wrist. “Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes,” he wrote.
“It started because I just wanted one picture,” said Steffel, who lives in the village of Kalida with his wife, Emily, and their two sons.
He initially was not sure about posting the request online because he was worried someone might respond rudely. “I guess the best has outweighed the negative,” he said.
So far, they have received thousands of messages expressing support and hundreds of photos. Someone else is sending a woven blanket with Sophia’s picture.
David Valdez, who has been painting portraits for several years, made a digital painting of Sophia within a few hours of seeing her father’s message.
“I was having a bad day when I saw this guy asking for a photo. I just started painting,” said Valdez, a college student from New Braunfels, Texas. “It brought me some sort of sense of relief to help someone out.”
Steffel said his family now has more memories of their daughter than they could have imagined, he said.
“It’s kept me and my wife occupied reading all these messages,” Steffel said. “Keeping our minds off things.”
CHARLIE SHEEN DOES DRIVE THRU
A Charlie Sheen fan gets to meet the star in a very unusual place — a fast food drive thru!
Charlie shows he always has time for his fans — even when he’s in the Taco Bell drive thru — and when he’s — as he calls it — very hammered.
WARNING: YOUTUBE VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
Jayden Blair posted this video on YouTube showing Charlie coming over to his car in the Taco Bell line to shake hands.
Charlie apologizes for being wasted and shows off his tattoos.