Another Small, Grudging Advance for Contract Law

by on December 22, 2004 · 2 comments

The family of a soldier killed in Iraq wants access to his e-mail. Yahoo! says no. Yahoo! is right. Their Terms of Service don’t allow them to give family access to an account after a user dies. Period. And there’s no “really sympathetic requester” exception. Stick to your guns, Yahoo!

  • http://godco.net/matt/ Matt McIntosh

    Yahoo would have to be stupid to say “yes” since that could have landed them in some legal trouble. However, I think it’s possible for the family to take it to court which would give Yahoo a way to legitimately hand over the account’s contents, which they will because it’s good PR.

  • http://godco.net/matt/ Matt McIntosh

    Yahoo would have to be stupid to say “yes” since that could have landed them in some legal trouble. However, I think it’s possible for the family to take it to court which would give Yahoo a way to legitimately hand over the account’s contents, which they will because it’s good PR.

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