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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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RE: Jesus H Christ Apple....
By invidious on 3/6/2014 1:39:08 PM , Rating: 2
It's surprising that Apple's EULA doesn't have a next of kin provision granting authorized access to the account.

On a related note, every parent should be estate planning. It doesn't matter how unpleasant the thought of it is, the reality of what happens if you don't is far more unpleasant.

RE: Jesus H Christ Apple....
By CaedenV on 3/6/2014 1:55:06 PM , Rating: 3
Funny thing is that it sounds like there was some estate planning done here. Dear old Mum had a will that even listed the iPad's transfer of ownership. The thing is that most estate planning is designed around the transfer of physical goods and properties, not data and accounts. How many lawyers writing wills even think to pass on important account information as a part of a will or trust? How many people even realize that they cannot legally transfer most data and accounts?

RE: Jesus H Christ Apple....
By Argon18 on 3/6/14, Rating: 0
RE: Jesus H Christ Apple....
By BSquared on 3/7/2014 12:26:52 AM , Rating: 3
All of the listed companies in your post have mechanisms for accounts of the deceased.

Facebook's privacy policy prohibits the disclosure of login credentials but instead will cancel or memorialize the account of the deceased upon notification from next of kin. Google will provide access to the Google account (G+, GMail, etc) upon furnishing a death certificate as well as official documentation proving representation of estate. Microsoft, through Live accounts, has a very similar process as Google. Sony only allows cancellation of a deceased's account at the moment.

I'm pretty sure there are tons of companies, whose products we use everyday, that have contingencies for when a user passes and next of kin needs access, wishes to cancel or transfer ownership. Just seems the problem, which Apple has readdressed, was that they didn't want to divulge the login credentials, but were happy to change user access.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates

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