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Report 147 (PDF, 1.4 MB): Access to digital records upon death or incapacity
Reference received: 26 March 2018
Pursuant to section 10 of the Law Reform Commission Act 1967, the NSW Law Reform Commission is asked to review and report on:
In particular, the Commission is to consider:
a) Relevant laws including those relating to intellectual property, privacy, contract, crime, estate administration, wills, succession and assisted decision-making.
b) Policies and terms of service agreements of social media companies and other digital service providers.
c) Relevant jurisdictional issues, including the application of NSW laws, Commonwealth laws and the laws of other jurisdictions.
d) Appropriate privacy protections for the electronic communications after a person dies or becomes incapacitated.
e) The Uniform Law Conference of Canada’s Uniform Access to Digital Assets by Fiduciaries Act (2016) and the American Uniform Law Commission’s Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (2015).
f) Any other matters the NSW Law Reform Commission considers relevant.
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