Online assets: is the digital heritage at risk?

Online assets: is the digital heritage at risk?


A study made by the McAfee Company established that the value of our “digital goods” usually value around 35000$ total: the most valuable ones are the “personal memories” like photos or videos (17000$), followed by “health and financial informations” (6000$), “personal informations” (4300$) and informations regarding “hobbies and projects” (3300$).

This entire set of valuable information usually get lost after the passing of a person, and the law find it difficult to create a proper regulation about this problem, since most of the times the owner of the servers that possess such information are located in another country, and so they answers to a different set of norms.

For this reasons the Notariato Italiano, along with Bocconi University, Microsoft and Google, made a roundtable in order to try to create a worldwide protocol that might facilitate the access and the use of personal information by the heirs of a death person. The notaries are ready to act as a trait-d’union between the citizens and the web operators in this possible scenario, in order to reduce the administrative procedures and the costs. This Italian solution is likely to be a trigger event at a European level.

The same concept is also fitting in a various set of different situations; this is the perfect example of sharing the knowledge, the skills and the expertise in order to create a better synergy for living a modern city.


Quando una persona muore, che fine fanno i suoi ricordi digitali e le informazioni personali e finanziarie che conservava su dispositivi elettronici, profili social e sul cloud? Questo topic è stato discusso di recente in un convegno, tenutosi a Milano, del Center on International Markets, Money and Regulation dell’Università Bocconi con il Consiglio Nazionale del Notariato.