Digital Duty of Care: Ruling – Apple Ordered to give access of photos to Widow
21 May 2019 by Jane Golding
Referring to my earlier Blog…“What happens to my social media Accounts when I die” – Following a recent ruling by Judge Jan Luba held at the Central London County Court, the Judge called for a change in the law and to find a way to settle cases in the future. The Judge stated that companies owe a “Digital Duty of Care” to grieving families.
After a four year legal battle the Widow was granted access, by a Court Order, to her late husband’s photographs. The photographs were stored by Apple and they had refused her access to them.
The Widow wanted access to her late husband’s photographs; so she could help her daughter to remember her father through images stored online.
The Widow’s Barrister, Matt Himsworth said: ‘Photos used to be kept in physical albums but now they are kept online. Instead of looking through a photo album, our loved ones need a username and password to access this material. But what happens when they do not have this information?”
Apple said they would only release 4,500 photos and 900 videos under a Court Order as the deceased had not specified what access others should have to his account after death.
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