I wish my affairs to be settled when I'm dead. This includes avoiding the false impression that I am still alive and reachable when actually I am dead. This also means that internet accounts that I have used are closed and not maintained as unnecessary ballast. The idea of an orphaned internet account of mine that is no longer needed bobbing around is against my conception of tidiness.
On TeX Meta Stack Exchange, the issue "How to ensure that ownership of all my contributions on the StackExchange network is transferred to Community Wiki after my demise?" has come up.
One of the questions touched on there can be paraphrased as follows:
Does the process of passing login credentials via testamentary disposition to another designated trusted person to log in and transfer ownership of things to Community Wiki and then delete/shut down the account in case of death comply with Stack Exchange's terms and conditions and policy as long as it does also comply with the legal situations of the relevant countries?
I think that might be a rather uncomplicated way to settle matters properly.
I am aware that this is, among other things, a question about one aspect of the legal situation and that legal situations usually consist of many aspects.
I am inclined to find a way which both complies with the relevant jurisdictions and with the terms and conditions and policy of Stack Exchange and with my wishes. Thus I am interested in the point of view of Stack Exchange in this regard.
So the question can be split into several aspects:
- The Stack Exchange company generously grants rights to users, e.g. the right to create an account, to log in, to read/write questions/answers/comments, to fill out a user profile individually, ...
Which of these rights may a user transfer under which conditions to third parties, who e.g. act in his place/on his behalf as vicarious agents?
- Are accounts tied to individual natural persons?
- Is it allowed for an account to be used jointly by several persons? E.g., could an account be registered to "Me, myself and I and - in case of death - designated bereaved"?
(If yes, then the following questions are obsolete, because then I can regulate during my lifetime who in the event of my death belongs to the persons who may use/log into the account, e.g., for the purpose of deletion/of adding a death notice to the profile/...)
- Is it okay with the Stack Exchange company to have login credentials of a user account passed to another person via testamentary disposition so that this person can do some modifications to the account/profile?
- If yes: Which modifications would be okay? (I think about things like: Deleting the account/Adding death-notice to the profile/Transferring ownership of postings to Community Wiki/...)