Friday, June 29, 2007
- 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.