Re: You say that now
"People expect their profiles to be private, that should extend to after death "
Why can't they give us death options?
Make it law that there must be multiple choices for what happens after your death.
In life I am extremely private, when I am dead, well.. I am dead so privacy for me is no longer an issue, you can trawl through my photos, read all my messages, and I don't care!
give people the choice, and the default should be that the heir has full access to the account contents, although I agree with a memorial mode for social accounts like facebook the private contents should be available to the heir unless the person chose to not share it, and then only if that person was over 16.