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Digital data of the deceased

What can be done with digital data?

What happens to our digital data and social network profiles after we die? How can we anticipate and bequeath our access to our digital accounts? How can we avoid identity theft once we're gone? These are just some of the questions we'll be answering to help you.

What does the law say?

The law provides for the regulation of "digital death". Everyone can define directives for the deletion, storage or transmission of their digital data after their death.

You can also appoint a trusted person to manage your data. Please note that in the absence of delegation, the heirs will have the rights to manage the deceased's accounts, profiles and personal data.

What data should be protected?

In the course of our lives, we create numerous profiles or accesses to all kinds of Internet portals. Passwords and personal data are stored on the following types of site:


Digital data, whether active or passive, can fall victim to dishonest actions such as identity theft or fraudulent use. There are many ways of anticipating what will happen to your digital data while you are still alive, or bequeathing your information to a third party:

What can the platforms do?


Facebook allows you to manage the account of a deceased member in 2 different ways. You can either :

In the case of a person who has managed a professional Facebook account for a brand or company, it is strongly advised to pass on access to a new administrator.


Instagram, which belongs to the Facebook group, does not offer the same options as its predecessor. It is up to the family of the deceased to either keep the profile and use it as a memorial account, or decide to delete it.

X (formerly Twitter)

X does not offer its members the option of keeping or deleting an account. It is therefore up to the family of the deceased to decide whether or not to delete the account. The platform provides an online form for this deletion.


Like X, the LinkedIn social network has introduced an online form enabling next of kin to request the deletion of the deceased's account (proof of identity must be provided).


Google and its applications Youtube, Gmail, MyBusiness, Drive... have developed an inactive account manager. This allows members to nominate a person for inactivity for a pre-determined period. This person then receives a message authorising them to access all the data in question.