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Many in the UK Include Passwords to Social Media Sites and Online Data Storage in Wills

A new survey has found that one in 10 people in the UK are leaving their Internet passwords in their wills so family members can access the data they have stored online.

According to an article in The Telegraph, the survey was conducted by Goldsmiths at the University of London and commissioned by Rackspace.

The survey revealed that more than a quarter of Britons had stored music and movies worth thousands of pounds online, which they wanted their family and loved ones to access.

The survey also revealed that people were leaving passwords to websites like Facebook and photo sharing service Flickr in their wills so it would not be abused by someone else.

“With more photos, books, music and so on being stored online and in digital format, the question of what happens to these when people are gone becomes more important every day,” Solicitor Matthew Strain told Sky News.

"We have started to advise clients on the topic of digital inheritance as it is something people should be thinking, and doing something about as part of the provisions in their will,” he added.