Should Justin Ellsworth's Parents Have Been Given Access to His Email?
Every day, thousands and millions of people flood the world with e-mails. Most youngsters keep online journals and share photos online with friends and family. And each day, many of us die. What happens to the contents of a deceased’s laptops and e-mail accounts? Would a deceased want his or her family to read the e-mails? What would happen if a deceased stored work files on his or her computer that belonged to his or her employer? Could a deceased assign a representative to go through the computer and clean out any files the deceased didn’t want anyone to see? In general, private letters that are used for communication are seen as personal property. When one dies, …show more content…
Yahoo! refused to hand the content of Justin’s account over to his father, citing internal privacy policies and the contract (Terms of Service) that the marine had with Yahoo! under the section of “No Right of Survivorship and Non-Transferability”. (Yahoo 2010) Justin had an agreement with Yahoo and made no arrangements to authorize Yahoo to release his account to anyone.
The general public is very concerned about this issue. The Ellsworth case raises a very important question: Should we treat email as