Yahoo blasts new digital death laws, but its privacy argument is self-serving

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States are passing laws to make it easier to obtain digital data from Facebook, Yahoo and other password-protected accounts when someone dies. Tech companies, however, have been slow to support such laws and are now actively pushing back against them.

This week, [company]Yahoo [/company]claimed that a model law fails to protect sensitive data like photos and messages, and that allowing heirs to access accounts fails to respect the wishes of dead users.

In a blog post, senior lawyer Bill Ashworth wrote:

In order to protect our users’ privacy, we honor the initial agreement that a user made with us […] We believe that account holders and individuals—not legislators—should determine what happens to a person’s digital archives at the time of their death. When it comes to a person’s digital archive, our team will continue to argue in favor of a user’s right to privacy.

The object of Yahoo’s criticism is a draft…

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