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The 2019 Florida Statutes

Title XLII
ESTATES AND TRUSTS
Chapter 740
FIDUCIARY ACCESS TO DIGITAL ASSETS
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F.S. 740.006
740.006 Disclosure of content of electronic communications of deceased user.If a deceased user consented to or a court directs the disclosure of the content of electronic communications of the user, the custodian shall disclose to the personal representative of the estate of the user the content of an electronic communication sent or received by the user if the personal representative gives to the custodian:
(1) A written request for disclosure which is in physical or electronic form;
(2) A certified copy of the death certificate of the user;
(3) A certified copy of the letters of administration, the order authorizing a curator or administrator ad litem, the order of summary administration issued pursuant to chapter 735, or other court order;
(4) Unless the user provided direction using an online tool, a copy of the user’s will, trust, power of attorney, or other record evidencing the user’s consent to disclosure of the content of electronic communications; and
(5) If requested by the custodian:
(a) A number, username, address, or other unique subscriber or account identifier assigned by the custodian to identify the user’s account;
(b) Evidence linking the account to the user; or
(c) A finding by the court that:
1. The user had a specific account with the custodian, identifiable by information specified in paragraph (a);
2. Disclosure of the content of electronic communications of the user would not violate 18 U.S.C. ss. 2701 et seq., 47 U.S.C. s. 222, or other applicable law;
3. Unless the user provided direction using an online tool, the user consented to disclosure of the content of electronic communications; or
4. Disclosure of the content of electronic communications of the user is reasonably necessary for the administration of the estate.
History.s. 7, ch. 2016-46.