Wednesday, July 23, 2014
As I have previously discussed, the issue of family members accessing online accounts after the account holder has died is an issue that private companies are beginning to address. Yahoo Japan has begun marketing a package to customers in Japan that includes burial and wake preperations as well as a service that will send a pre-recorded message to designated loved ones. The service is called “Yahoo Ending” and also allows the account holder to designate which files and pictures should be deleted and which should be released to family members upon their death.
See Anna Fifield, New ‘Yahoo Ending’ Service Lets Users in Japan Prepare for the Inevitable, The Washington Post, July 21, 2014.
Special thanks to Naomi Cahn (Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.