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Cybersecurity & Standards, Government Surveillance, Privacy & Data

Civil Liberty Organizations Respond to the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

The Center for Democracy & Technology recently published a joint letter with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Consumers Union expressing opposition to model legislation proposed proposed by the Uniform Law Commission. This proposal broadly supports allowing access to digital accounts by fiduciaries such as estate executors. The access granted under this bill is too broad and raises serious privacy concerns. Any model that grants full access to all of a decedent’s digital accounts and information by default fails to address the variety of digitally stored content and raises concerns for third parties who might have communicated with the deceased.