NEW YORK (AP) -- As more of our personal lives go digital, family members, estate attorneys and online service providers are increasingly grappling with what happens to those information bits when their owners die.
Friday, December 24, 2004 Posted: 10:19 AM EST (1519 GMT) Sometimes, the question involves e-mail sitting on a distant server; other times, it's about the photos or financial records stored on a password-protected computer. This week, a Michigan man publicized his struggle to access the Yahoo e-mail account belonging to his son, Marine Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth, 20, who was killed November 13 in Iraq. Though Yahoo's policies state that accounts "terminate upon your death," John Ellsworth said his son would have wanted to give him access. This issue has opened a whole new can of worms. A very tricky question. My thoughts are, that all private info should be kept private. Releasing infomation meant to be kept under wraps. Could very well stir up a lot of trouble. A Pandora's Box as it were.