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NJ Bill Eases Accessing Deceased's Online Accounts

NJ Bill Eases Accessing Deceased's Online Accounts

NJ Bill Eases Accessing Deceased's Online Accounts Jo Alcock, flickr

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The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee voted 4-0.

New Jersey lawmakers have approved a measure making it easier for next-of-kin to access email and other online accounts of deceased family members.

The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee voted 4-0 Thursday and sent the bill to the full Assembly.

Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald says while many people set up plans to handle physical possessions after death, few have a plan for online accounts. He says those accounts can be difficult for estate executors to access due to complex privacy or terms of service agreements.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli says sites like Facebook and Twitter are essentially snapshots of a person's life. He says executors should be able to control them without major legal hurdles.