‘High-tech’ graves of the digital age, will remain alive even after death

Special Story : Often you have seen the ‘QR’ code on your phone and web site. Such shapes made of black colored compartment on white background are called QR codes, which can be read by imaging device such as a camera or phone. These codes are often seen in digital advertisements to take consumers to the right website. But now such codes are being seen on grave and tombs.

Now the QR code written on the graveyard and tombs attached with app will keep people alive in the virtual world even after death. These codes will tell people about the people who die, but the specialists about the data security is beginning to worry.

On the stones on the grave, there is usually a small amount of information such as name, birth and date of death. But now the website related to these QR codes is a virtual space where relatives and friends can share stories, photos and memories related to the person who died. Apart from this, the tribute message given on the funeral can also be read.

Question of privacy of deceased

“Data protection is also a big issue in it,” says Gerd Marc, law professor at Rhine-Main University. Some cemetery managers believe that the QR code can definitely infringe guidelines related to data security. Marc raises an interesting question about the rights of the person who dies. He said, “Even after death, the person’s personal rights remain, but they are not legally binding.”

App related to graves

An app “where they rest” has become quite popular. It was started by the Foundation of Historic Graveyard in the German state Berlin-Brandenburg, which shows the way to tombs of celebrities and gives information about their life to the user. Today, this app gives information about about 1,200 tombs and 45 cemeteries of 32 cities, which can be seen in reality or virtually. The idea behind creating this app was to use it as a history text using maps, photos, audio guides.

Peace will dissolve?

Now the question is about the peace of the graveyard. The culture of the cemetery is not stable but it is constantly evolving. People coming here come with phone in hand but they do not break the peace here. He said that it is good that people are increasing awareness about the graves and now some tombs also make public tours. Regarding the app, he said, “It helps in maintaining the cultural importance of the graves.” Marc believes that these tombs should not be avoided in the use of new technology over time, unless if it not create any trouble. Despite all these efforts, even after the death of the loved ones, to keep them alive in the virtual world for a long time.