Last week, we told you about the heartbreaking story of parents in Germany who were denied access to their dead daughter's Facebook account.
This unfortunate situation began back in 2012 when a 15-year-old girl died after being hit by a subway train in Berlin. The girl's parents were worried that it may have been an act of suicide.
In an effort to find the truth, the parents wanted to access their daughter's Facebook account to see if there were signs of bullying or anything else that could have led to her death. Facebook denied them access to the account stating that this will compromise the privacy of her contacts and the German courts agreed.
It is an unfortunate story but it really highlights the risk of having all your social media posts locked away or lost forever.
Social media services do provide mechanisms of protection and succession in the event of death. It's important to review your account settings to ensure that your social media legacy will be supervised even after your passing.
Here's what you can do with the top social media services:
For Facebook, you can appoint a "legacy contact." Appointing a legacy contact gives them the power to manage your Facebook account after you pass on. You can also tell Facebook to delete your account if your legacy contact informs them of your death.