Posted By: | December 01, 2020 |

Reflections: Dealing with Legal Issues of Digital Afterlife

“The only certainty life contains is death” - Patricia Briggs

Man has come to accept this inevitable reality and legal systems have designed laws to manage deceased's affairs after his passage to the great beyond. Since the inception of the 21st century, there has been rapid advancements in Information Communication Technology (ICT) with regulation slowly playing catch up. This has brought to the fore the issue of certainty in the administration of Digital Asset (DA) upon the demise of a user of ICT. If for instance, Mr. A operates a digital wallet on Nairabox (an online digital wallet) with which he makes payment to merchants online or operates a bitcoin account, upon his death can such account devolve to his estate bearing in mind the non-transferability clause in the Terms of Service Agreement (ToS)?

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