Bill allows designation of custodians for online accounts

- Floridians would be able to designate a custodian to access and manage their social media, email and online financial accounts when they die or become incapacitated, under a bill passed by the state Legislature.

The state House passed the bill on a unanimous vote Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Rick Scott.

Bill sponsor Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, said it would help guardians or executors of estates preserve and rescue valuable information, heirloom photos and financial assets held in online accounts.

A similar bill failed last year in the face of opposition from Internet service providers, who feared it would require them to violate their guarantees of privacy to their customers. Those companies backed a revised version of the bill this year.

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