Tuesday, December 21, 2004

You (Don't) Have Mail!

Here's an odd one:

Dead Marine's kin plead for e-mail

The family of a Marine killed in Iraq is pleading with Internet giant Yahoo! for access to his e-mail account, which the company says is off-limits under its privacy policy.

Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth, 20, was killed by a roadside bomb on November 13 during a foot patrol in Al Anbar province. The family wants the complete e-mail file that Justin maintained, including notes to and from others...(more)

While I sympathize with the family for their loss, I absolutely concur with Yahoo!'s policy. I urge Yahoo!'s management to stick to their guns in the face of what will certainly be overwhelming negative reaction from both progressives and neocons who don't understand the larger implications of the request.