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What to do about Apple devices and iCloud content when the owner dies

Added 01-02-21 12:11:02pm EST - “Losing a loved one is hard enough without feeling like Apple is fighting you. Here's what you can about someone's iPhone, their iTunes content, and that Family Sharing you all rely on when a loved one dies.” - Appleinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Appleinsider.com: “What to do about Apple devices and iCloud content when the owner dies | AppleInsider”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Losing a loved one is hard enough without feeling like Apple is fighting you. Here's what you can about someone's iPhone, their iTunes content, and that Family Sharing you all rely on when a loved one dies.

No question. When someone dies, Apple should hand over all of the content — iCloud data, iTunes movies, apps — to their next of kin or whoever is listed in the will. You can be sure that even Apple thinks that, but thinking it is not the same as being able to do it.

If Apple had an easy way to migrate someone's software and media purchases, you could be confident people would do it. But, unfortunately, the ability could be easily abused.

So this may be the ultimate test of Apple's stand on privacy, and it would be interesting to examine the theory and practice of what the company can, should, or does. Except, if you've recently lost someone, you don't want a theory, you want a solution.

There isn't one straightforward answer, but there are many options, and some of them we can all set up in advance. All of them come down to what you do with data, and what you do with devices — and what Apple does, too.

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