The issue needs to be discussed, thought through, and resolved. That is why we study cases like this, so we can think these things through and try to respect the family, the deceased, and the needs of society. So I ask you:
- Should Justin Ellsworth’s parents have been given access to his e-mail?
Answer the question in 3–5 pages. Assess the issue with separate and thorough explanations of the utilitarian and deontological considerations.
Go to the Web and to the Trident online library and find as much as you can on this case.
You can read about it by going to ProQuest:
Leach, Susan L. (2005). Who gets to see the e-mail of the deceased? Christian Science Monitor, May 2, pg. 12.
Many legal experts say Yahoo! acted correctly. It denied the family’s informal request and only yielded under court order.
“I would hope that the Yahoo! position here would become a trade practice—that e-mail would only be released if a judge approved it,” says Gerald Ferrera, executive director of the Cyberlaw Center at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass.
For Yahoo!’s part, the company says it still stands behind its commitment to treat each user’s e-mail as private and confidential. “We are pleased that the court has issued an order resolving this matter … and allowing Yahoo! to continue upholding our privacy commitment to our users,” says Yahoo! spokeswoman Mary Osako.
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