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Grant with the iPad  (Source: BBC News)
Apple wants a court order

Losing someone can be a very difficult time, and we cling to their possessions as a way of holding onto them. But what happens when that possession is an iPad on lockdown?

According to BBC News, 26-year-old Josh Grant from London and his four brothers are experiencing this very issue. Their mother recently passed away from cancer, and left her iPad to the men in her will.

It was decided that the oldest brother, Patrick, should be the one to take the iPad. However, none of them obtained her Apple ID or password before she passed on. 

They attempted to show Apple their mother's will, death certificate and solicitor's letter as a way of proving they can have access to the iPad, but Apple said this wasn't enough evidence.

Apple initially asked for written consent from the owner that her five sons can have her login credentials, but that obviously is no longer an option. Now, Apple wants a court order to prove that their mother was the owner of the iPad and the iTunes account.

"I thought we might use it as a shiny placemat," said Grant. "I'm a big fan of Apple, their security measures are great but we have provided so much evidence.

"At 59, my mum was fairly young, I've already lost my dad and it's a bit cold of them not to treat things on a case-by-case basis."

Apple offers security measures like Activation Lock, which makes it hard for thieves to sell a lost or stolen iPhone or iPad. It's apart of Apple's "Find My iPhone" feature, which allows you to find your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using another device.  

Source: BBC News

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there should be data succession reform!
By Yofa on 3/6/2014 1:25:37 PM , Rating: 3
do you see what the cleverest thing is all about this cloud data movement? data disappears when people pass on. not being physical properties, it doesn't get passed on like traditional assets.

we should reform data succession, where all the music, movies, personal pictures and all get passed on to loved ones when we go away. all cloud providers should unite in providing digital "last will" exposure and management access.

RE: there should be data succession reform!
By Nortel on 3/6/2014 1:34:05 PM , Rating: 3
Read the TOC, the 'digital property' is for that individual's use. Pretty much end of the story.

By Manch on 3/6/2014 5:02:22 PM , Rating: 2
That's why my stuff is on disc

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