When people die, Apple allowing people to bypass their iCloud data

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When people die, Apple allowing people to bypass their iCloud data

At present, the deceased person’s iCloud data goes with them even with a death certificate. With the new iOS update, Apple users can designate up to five people as ‘Legacy Contacts’ on devices such as iPhones, iPads and Macs. These ‘Legacy Contacts’ after providing proof of death and an access key will automatically get access to certain data stored on iCloud.

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  • In iCloud after their death, Apple’s Digital Legacy program allows iPhone users to add one or more contacts to access and download certain data. The program was first announced at Apple’s WWDC event earlier this year.

  • “If your designated contacts provide proof of death to Apple and have the required key, they will automatically obtain access to that certain account data and activation lock will be removed from all your devices,” according to Apple’s iCloud terms webpage. It is thus a user’s responsibility to keep their Digital Legacy contacts up to date, the company further says.