Dead Marine’s kin plead for e-mail: The family of a soldier killed in Iraq wants access to his email account. Yahoo! has said no.
“I want to be able to remember him in his words. I know he thought he was doing what he needed to do. I want to have that for the future,” said John Ellsworth, Justin’s father. “It’s the last thing I have of my son.”
But without the account’s password, the request has been repeatedly denied. In addition, Yahoo! policy calls for erasing all accounts that are inactive for 90 days. Yahoo! also maintains that all users agree at sign-up that rights to a member’s ID or contents within an account terminate upon death.
I’m sure they don’t want to set a precedent. If they allowed they’d open themselves up to a ton of problems. Still, couldn’t some at Yahoo! just accidentally send the password to the family? You know, an honest mistake and all.