What Happens to Your Data When You Die?

So I know it’s a bit early for the chills and thrills of Halloween, but here’s a morbid thought: what happens to your data when you die? And I don’t think I’m going to upset or surprise anyone by boldly claiming that we all die, so it’s not a matter of “if,” but “when.”

Unless you’re some kind of immortal Highlander or something. Just don’t mention anything about the planet Zeist or you’re already dead to me.

Just by interacting with the Internet, most of us leave a trail of information that will likely outlive us (barring calamities like supervillains or superpowers bringing it all down with superweapons of superdestruction). A lot of us have numerous social media accounts (some that we may have long since forgotten about). Heck, I’m sure there’s data out there from Usenet interactions I had back in the early ’90s.

So what happens to all that “stuff” that the Internet has been so kind to keep for you? Here are some of the possibilities…

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