Her husband, Matt, committed suicide in July 2015 intestate, or at least note. On his account in the Apple services kept about 4,5 thousand photos and 900 videos, a significant part of which was evidence of joint life of the spouses. In English law, favorite dead people are unable to access their accounts in online services.
Rachel spent 3.5 years and thousands of pounds on the evidence that these images and recordings are important to her family. Late husband was taking pictures of their child from an early age, documenting many of the highlights of the relationship, and once caught his father, who died six months later.
The widow told the newspaper The Times of London that the main motivation is not to drop it and fight to the end was a desire to show ten-year daughter of his father and grandfather. “These photos and videos are particularly valuable [to us] — it’s amazing how quickly we forget the voice and demeanor of a person after his death.”
Fortunately, the decision of the District court of Central London decided to change the law and under court order Apple to give Rachel access to the account of her late husband. According to the judge Jan Luba, there is no significant difference between the photo albums, which could be inherited, and accounts in online services.
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