07 Aug Nebraska’s Digital Assets Act Evolves Law with Technology
Rapidly advancing technology has given way to new forms of online communication and personal expression. Most people have at least one social media account: Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, if not all three. Additionally, written communication has rapidly transitioned to a digital format. Emails have replaced letters. Bank statements are now available online instead of through the mail. Consequently, the law has to evolve to keep up with technology. Nebraska Revised Statute 30-501, known as the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, places Nebraska at the forefront of the legal evolution created by technology.
So, what exactly is the Digital Assets Act?
Nebraska Revised Statute 30-501 is a law. It was signed by the governor and came into effect January 1, 2017. More specifically, Nebraska Revised Statute 30-501 is a law governing the transfer and ownership of an individual’s digital assets when they die. Digital assets are online accounts, including email, Facebook, blogs, iTunes, and other digital property.
What makes the Digital Assets Act important?
You may be wondering what’s so special about a Nebraska state law. When it comes to 30-501, the answer is a lot. Not only is 30-501 a first-of-its-kind law in Nebraska, it’s among the first of its kind in the United States. As previously mentioned, advances in technology have led to an increase in online communication and digital accounts. This has led to an increase in the amount of digital assets a person owns.
How does the Digital Assets Act impact you and your family?
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