Friday, Jun 11, 2021, 12:51 Software

iOS 15: Digital Legacy Program For Deceased Users

Today we'll discuss a theme that most would admittedly rather avoid but that has become more and more relevant, especially with the recent worldwide pandemic. Digital inheritance, a theme that other platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google have also encountered. Legally, the situation is still a bit murky, as there aren't many laws concerning the inheritance of data as of yet. It gets even more complicated on an international level, as laws can then differ even further between countries. In some large countries such as The United States, these laws can also vary from state to state or province to province.

iOS 15 To Get "Digital Legacy Management"
Following in the footsteps of both Facebook and Google, Apple is now approaching this issue by releasing a new feature with iOS 15. In the future, it should be possible for users to manage their own "digital legacy" directly via their Apple device. It will be possible for users to select "legacy contacts" who will get access to the deceased's Apple ID and personal information. It's not yet clear as to how or whether legacy contacts will have to "prove" the death of the digital legacy owner in order to gain access to the user's data. It would be unfortunate if users trusted as legacy contacts could do so at a whim, essentially declaring the legacy owner dead, so that they could gain access to the legacy owner's data and information.

However, since most of the information about the feature thus far concerns the inheritance of photos, it's unlikely that the legacy contact would be able to gain access to things like the legacy owner's passwords. In the eventuality that this feature is expanded to include doing more than regulating the inheritance of photos, Apple will surely be including significant security measures – making "legacy scamming" unlikely.

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Hasn't yet activated the "Digital Legacy Program" in the first developer release of iOS 15, however, there are already descriptions of it. The feature's primary purpose will be to preserve the deceased's photo library so that not all of the photos will be lost. In the past, family members have run into issues unlocking devices of deceased relatives.

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