Letters to the Editor

Thwart ID theft

Did you ever wonder what happens to people’s online accounts once they pass away? Quite frequently, they live on forever, providing scammers and hackers with an opportunity to steal someone’s identity, causing families a great deal of emotional distress.

Here’s the good news: Florida HB 747 and SB 494 aim to solve this problem and leave families and individuals with peace of mind. The Florida Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act would give designated individuals access to the digital assets of a deceased or incapacitated loved one. This means an authorized representative would be able to access and close out email, social media and other online accounts where bank and credit-card information is stored.

This would be accomplished with an online service such as Estate Pass, reducing the possibility of identity theft, emotional distress to the family.

David H. Slonim,