Who owns your e-mails?

“He was keeping a journal of sorts to put together for future history,” John Ellsworth told BBC News. “He wanted to make sure that his generation, as well as following generations, have actual words from somebody who was there.”

But Mr Ellsworth Snr was shocked when Yahoo! turned down a request to release his dead son’s e-mails, on the basis of privacy.

Recognising the emotions involved, Yahoo! says it must nevertheless honour the terms of service which all 40 million US Yahoo! account holders must agree to. These state that survivors have no rights to the e-mail accounts of the deceased. Yahoo! accounts are deactivated after 90 days if they have not been used. — Who owns your e-mails? (BBC News)

I should really write down my passwords and such and leave them in a safe place, just in case…