Yesterday I saw on the news that a father appealed to Facebook publicly to unlock the video "look back" of their deceased son. Because he hadn't shared the password with his parents (and what teen would?), they could only see the content he chose to share with them.
Who can point me to some best practices for dealing with the possibility that a subscriber may die, and planning for that in an honorable way? I ask this because I get requests almost daily to "Invite [Dead Friend] to play Words With Friends!" or "Help [Dead Relative] celebrate their work anniversary!" on LinkedIn or "[Dead Relative] Needs More Lives!" in Candy Crush.
These apps are all linked to social networks, either LinkedIn or Facebook. I called LinkedIn and emailed them the obituary of a colleague in the hopes that they would stop including this person's photo in their promotional materials, and it took over a year for it to stop.
- Turning an active profile into a memorial site: does this require intervention, a death certificate, official notification? Simply detecting a slew of "RIP" posts to the profile?
- Password management - does a dead user have any right to privacy?
- Allowing the user to designate the level of privacy they desire after death? (My mom can see my photos, but not my chat sessions.)
- Ability to pass digital rights to another user - can a user leave instructions with the vendor that their profile be deleted upon notification of their death?
- Gracefully excluding the deceased user from in-app game invitations
- Automatically excluding photos of the deceased user from marketing materials (LinkedIn asks "Where are they now?" including headshots)
Has this been formalized anywhere, by anyone? I have not found any information on best practices for registration that take into account what might happen to the social profile after death.