Any technology maker — let alone one the size of Apple — is going to have various moral predicaments to deal with.
Recently Apple was accused of showing an “utter lack of understanding and discretion” after refusing to unlock a dead woman’s iPad for her two grieving sons.
When Andrea Grant, a 59-year-old woman, passed away due to cancer earlier this year, she left her sons Josh and Patrick as the co-executors of her will and estate.
The brothers claim that their mother used her iPad regularly, but failed to tell her sons her Apple ID password. When the brothers tried to restore factory settings on the device, they were told by Apple that they needed “written permission from Mum.”
When they informed Apple that their mother was dead, Apple asked for a copy of her death certificate, will, and a letter from their solicitor — alongside a court order to unlock the iPad.
In a blog reporting the experience, one son noted that:
“I have always been a fan of Apple but this incident has changed my opinion of them completely. Their utter lack of understanding and discretion in a time of great personal sadness has been astonishing. For a company that sells itself on the idea we are all part of one big Apple family, they have been very cold.”
Is Apple being too harsh in this case — or are these necessary security measures that any company looking to protect its users should take?
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Source: The Independent