67th Girls Nation Congress
To establish procedures for managing social media content after death.
IN THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION
Senators Wall and Wiener of Florida introduce the following bill; which was referred to Committee
BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION ASSEMBLED.
SECTION 1. TITLE
This act may be cited as the "Social Media Footprint Protection Act".
SECTION 2. PURPOSE
To guarantee that user's of social media are able to specify their wishes for, and protect their digital content after death.
SECTION 3. DEFINITIONS
Social Media: Any online service where users create profiles with distinct usernames and passwords in order to share content such as text and/or graphics with other users.
Dead Account: An account may be declared a dead: (1) By being contacted by an outside source that the user is dead. (2) The account undergoing an elongated period of inactivity.
Period of Inactivity: A period of time where a user does not access his/her digital content.
SECTION 4. SOCIAL MEDIA FOOTPRINT PROTECTION ACT
(A) Social media services must create procedure's that allow all users to specify how they wish to manage their social media content after their account is declared dead. Users must be given the option to edit their wishes at any time during the life of their account. Users must be provided the following options:
(1) A procedure to pass on ownership of the account by passing the login information and all rights to the account on to a designated individual.
(2) A procedure to memorialize the given account in its current state so the content of the
account cannot be changed but may still be viewed.
(3) A procedure to fully delete all content from the users account.
a. Should the Deceased chose (3), after the point of death content generated by the
deceased may not be accessed for any reason through the account of the deceased. If information is gained this information may not be used for any legal purposes.
(B) If the user does not specify their wishes users content should follow procedure 2.
(C) After an accounts death none of it's content or information may be released to anyone or used for advertising unless previously approved by the patron.
(D) The national Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will further define time frames, and other questions that arise from social media providers.
SECTION 5. PUNISHMENT
If a social media provider does not follow the proper procedures for protecting a user's content after their account is declared dead they will be shut down until they comply with proper procedures.
SECTION 6. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall be effective on or after January 27 2014.
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