Digital signature and encryption to ensure our digital will
Today, our life goes beyond the physical world and great part of it takes place in the digital world. Therefore, throughout the years, we build and leave our physical heritage in legacy. It is time to ask ourselves that we should do the same thing with our digital heritage, and of course, under the warranties of pursuing it in a legal and secure way, just as I explain in this post.
In today’s society, most of us have a major lot of online life besides our off line one: we perform, interact and share information with others such as data or pictures through digital channels (email, messaging systems such as apps…) and participate in social communities where we share our interests with a group as well as in social networks where we spend our day to day communicating and sharing digital information.
Everything that a digital life heritage builds is comparable to the physical legacy that we accumulate in our off line life. And just like the latter, this one will also remain there with our absence.
According to the Global Web Index, 92% of the adults of this world are digital users, so the digital legacy will management gains as much importance as the physical assets will management.
But, what happens to our digital heritage when we no longer belong to this world? How can my heirs manage the information that is in the digital world?
Although we get more news each time regarding this issue, we are still being unknowledgeable as in the case of laying out a physical will.
The first thing we have to take into account is that there are no laws at present that regulate the digital will and the means placed to the family’s disposal for the steps to follow come from the Internet companies and social networks as well as other companies specialized in this area that have already begun to emerge.
Nevertheless, it is worth highlighting what happened in Delaware State, US, where a controversial law about digital will has been approved and the executors will have access to the digital data of the newly deceased. But this point raises a huge controversy in important aspects such as who have the right to access to this data? What is the deceased wish regarding the management of this digital legacy?… too many questions with difficult answers in this situation.
So as to avoid these drawbacks, specialized companies are emerging in the digital will management. They bring us the mechanisms needed to know what to do with our digital legacy once we have left the earthly life.
Digital signature for the authenticity of the digital will
One of these mechanisms for the management of the digital will is an application where you can key in information from all digital platforms where we operate and have presence while we simultaneously show what we want to do with the information once we pass away and moreover, appoint the corresponding digital executor or executors.
This information that we download to the platform is encrypted through digital signature, which provides the process with accuracy and legal validity (as if it were a signature signed before an attorney in the off line world).
In this way, we avoid a possible manipulation, non-repudiation and integrity of what had been signed as the last digital wish.
Only the digital notary will be the one able to access to such data once we are no longer physically present in this world and therefore comply with our last digital wills.
In addition, we must not forget that in the case of death of a family member or friend, it would not be legal to access to their user profiles, despite knowing his or her credentials, since this is considered identity theft and impersonation, which is a crime indeed.
Speed, efficiency and non-dependence in decisions or in management by third parties, such as friends or family, are some of the benefits we get if we are far-sighted and make this digital will.
Other leading digital companies in the market such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn…, are also offering this kind of digital will service to its users. The process works through the documents encryption.
For example, Facebook has been offering since last year this executor service vs digital heir to the members who are able to erase the data in that account or manage it as a commemorative account of the deceased person.
Therefore, the digital signature adds, as part of any service of notarization, a basic security element so such practices are spreading and guaranteed the last wills of those affected.
Within the view of this new society vs digital lifestyle in which we are immersed today, the security management of the digital heritage through a trust digital will, becomes a key element of our lives and therefore allow us to rest in i-peace.