What Will Happen to My Meetup Account After I Die?

What happens to your Meetup account when you die depends on a few things, including:

  • Whether you’ve left a plan
  • Meetup’s policies about the accounts of deceased people (tip – it has none)
  • Your state law

Have you Made a Plan?

The surest way to know what will happen to your Meetup account is to make a plan and leave any necessary instructions to the people who will be wrapping up your estate.

Providing Access to Your Survivors

If you want someone to access to your Meetup account after you die – say, to post a final message to your members or to delete your account -- then leave instructions about 1) how to log in to the account and 2) what to do with it.

Learn more about leaving instructions about your Digital Assets.

Read on to learn about Meetup’s policies on inactive accounts, deleting accounts, and deleting the data associated with an account.

Keeping Your Account Private

If you don’t want anyone accessing your Meetup account after you die, you have a few options:

Delete the account before you die. This is not always practical because you may want to continue to use your account during your life, but it is an effective way to make sure your account won’t continue after you die. You can delete your account on your Settings page. After your account is closed, your profile will no longer be active, but according to its Privacy Policy, Meetup will keep your “personal information.” You can request that it delete some of your personal information by emailing privacy@meetup.com, however the Reviewing, Updating, Deleting and Deactivating Personal Information section of the Privacy Policy ends with “your information is never completely removed from our databases.”

Instruct someone you trust to delete the account after you die. You can leave login information and instructions for someone go into the account and delete it after your death. (You must be logged in to delete the account, so they will need your login info.) Or you can leave instructions for your executor to contact Meetup and request that it close your account. Meetup does not have a published procedure for this, so your executor will have to poke around the site until he or she can find contact page.

Depend on Meetup’s inactive policy to delete the account. Meetup will close inactive accounts after six months. So you could rely on this policy and do nothing…assuming that six months after your death Meetup will close your account will be closed. However, Meetup’s definition of “inactive accounts” is:

  • the accounts of users who have not signed into the site in over 6 months and whose email addresses no longer work. These accounts were not receiving any messages, event invites, etc. that anyone from Meetup was sending them.

This means that Meetup emails are going to your email account, your account will not become inactive. Relying on this policy to close your account is a gamble and the likelihood of your account going inactive really depends upon whether your email account remains active.

The surest way to make sure Meetup deletes your account after your death is to leave instructions and login information with a trusted person, so that that person can close your account from within the account.

Instructing Meetup What to Do With Your Account When You Die

Meetup does not currently allow you to decide what should happen to your account when you die, but it might someday. Tech companies are recognizing that users may want to control the fate of their accounts and profiles after death, and some are creating the tools for this. For example, Google’s Inactive Account Manager allows account holders to decide whether to delete the account or pass (some) account information on to survivors after a period of inactivity. Keep an eye out for Meetup to provide a similar tool.

If You Don’t Make a Plan

If you don’t make a plan for your Meetup account, your profile remain active until it becomes “inactive” (see above) or someone reports that you have died and Meetup chooses to close the account. This is not a desirable outcome, particularly, if 1) you want someone to access your account or 2) if you want your account to remain private. On one hand, unless you leave instructions and access information for your account, the person wrapping up your estate (your executor) is unlikely to be able to get access to it. On the other hand, in some states, your executor may be able to get access even if that’s not what you want.

A growing number of states have laws that grant executors authority to access digital accounts. “Account custodians" like Meetup could be required to provide access to executors. These are new and untested laws, and you can expect most companies to resist providing access to accounts, even in the states where the law requires it to do so.

You can learn more about this, including information about your state’s law on Nolo’s Digital Assets page.

The Bottom Line

If you do not make a plan, after your death, your Meetup account will continue until your account becomes inactive or someone reports that you have died. If you want more control over what happens to your Meetup account, either plan for it to be deleted, or tell your loved ones how to log into it and what to do with it when they get in.

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