Digital Transformation of Decision-Making

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New article on Data after death

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DTDM researcher Prof. Mireille van Eechoud and Luna Schumacher recently had an article published in the Dutch legal publication Nederland Juristenblad, entitled “Data na de dood: Zwevend tussen contract en gegevensbescherming.” The article discusses the legal aspects of digital inheritance and what happens to a person’s data after death.

The article follows a recent study led by Prof. van Eechoud for the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations on the issue of on digital inheritances (see here). The study was conducted by a team of experts from the Amsterdam Law School from different legal disciplines: Prof. Mireille van Eechoud (Information Law, research lead) Prof. Barbara Reinhartz (Inheritance Law), Prof. Chantal Mak (Property Law and Fundamental Rights), Prof. Marco Loos (Consumer Law and Contract Law), Dr. Jef Ausloos (Data Protection), Luna Schumacher (Information Law), and Lotte Pol (Information Law). The central research question of the study was: what adjustments to the Dutch legal framework, if any, are desirable to adequately protect private and public interests involved in the settlement and liquidation of digital estates?