Rachel Thompson, a widow in London, has finally won a lawsuit against Apple, forcing the Cupertino giant to open up her late husband's account and give her 1
Mrs. Thompson's husband took his own life in July 2015 when his daughter was only 6 years old. Because of this unfortunate incident, the girl did not remember her father well, so her mother asked the US company to unlock her former husband's account, to no avail. Apple is known for very strict privacy access to other people's accounts, as evidenced by the 2016 FBI vs. Apple case. Unfortunately, the company has such a strict policy that it can also affect people very negatively in the end.
Mrs. Thompson went to court after unsuccessful attempts to retrieve the images in a civilian way, but the case has been dragging on for almost four years. Now the Central London County Court has decided on the widow, forcing Apple to release 4,500 images and 900 videos from Thompson's private Apple account. This case is really one of the kind that British law prohibits access to deceased online accounts. Mrs Thompson commented on the case:
Videos are very nice because it's amazing how fast you forget what someone sounds like.
Now, after government, Mrs. Thompson and her daughter Matilda will be able to enjoy the memories of the family member after fighting for it for many years.
What are your thoughts? Was the court fair or should the account have been locked away? Please let us know in the comments below.
[via The Times]
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