(1) Do you, or your heirs, get to retain the data? Do / should your heirs be able to access your account to, say, post the bad news and shut down the account?
(2) Does your identity get 'deleted'? Should it? If not – how reasonable is it to expect cloud platforms to pay for the data upkeep for a growing number of 'orphaned' dead? Are the dead included in their member statistics?
(3) How does an online service ascertain a member's death?
(4) If you wish for your identity to perpetuate, who pays the bill? Or, as long as your assets are not frozen, how and when does your internet site go down?
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