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26/12/2014

The Results of the Survey I Held are now Available in English

In 2013 I held a survey which was the first of its kind in Israel, dealing with the digital legacy we and our loved ones will leave behind. 

I'm sorry it took me so long to translate the results and upload it in English, but here it is: 
I'm happy and excited to share them with you, in a professional manner, after the wonderful Dr. ‏‏Shimon Peretz‏ went over it all: a PDF you can view, print, download etc. via this link, with all the results from this survey presented in it. 

Dr. Roey Tzezana and I co-wrote a paper based on some of the results of this survey, which was published in Finland: Online Legacies: Online Service Providers and the Public – a Clear Gap (Thanatos magazine), but in this PDF all the results can be viewed in English for the first time

I also wish to thank Yuval Idan for her proofreading and language check. 



In addition to the closed-ended questions, some questions offered free-response text options. 
So many comments and responses were left I won't aspire to translate it, but here are some general themes I came across: 

"These are tough questions", "The user is responsible", "The ISP is responsible", "Depends on the circumstances", "Depends on how old the deceased child was when he/she died", "Depends on which data we're talking about", "The heirs should prove they were close to the deceased during his/her life prior to being granted access", "Depends on which of the relatives we're talking about", "Family members should be aware of the consequences", "It should be according to law", "I have a solution!", "Depends on who, when and how", "This is a problem", "This is not a problem", "Some cases are extraordinary and should be treated as such", "The dead have a right to their privacy", "Family members will have to face the consequences", "Depends on how old the deceased minor was: a 17 years old is not the same as a 12 years old", "The age of the deceased child is irrelevant", "Depends on the circumstances of the death", "Minors don't know enough to make up their minds", "Parents should be granted access, period", "Minors too have a right for posthumous privacy". 



What I can add from my point of view is: 

  1. Most of the people who answered this survey were presented with Digital Death issues for the first time. They didn't think about it before - and then, thinking about it for the first time, they suddenly realized they have strong opinions in this matter, which was interesting for me to note. 
  2. I was surprised by the distinction made between browsing history and Internet search history on one side, and emails, cellphones data and social network accounts on the other side. I was not aware people regarded the first two as more private and personal than then later three. 

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