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Friday, June 29, 2007

Decedent Got Mail

EmailIn Quick Fix: Accessing a Deceased Relative's Email, Wall St. J., June 19, 2007, at D3, Theo Francis summarizes the policies of the most popular e-mail providers:

      • Google Gmail -- requires death certificate, a document giving authority such as a power of attorney, and the full header of the email.
      • Microsoft's Hotmail & AOL -- will provide e-mail on CD to next of kin
      • Yahoo -- requires a court order before it will release email

Accordingly, Francis recommends that, if you want survivors to access your e-mail, you should "leave passwords where they can be found--a safe deposit box, for example, or computer file encrypted with a password they'll figure out."

Special thanks to Prof. Joel C. Dobris of the University of California-Davis for bringing this article to my attention.


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