Password Passing: Apple Refuses to Give Widow Husband’s Password

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VICTORIA, CANADA – These days, you need a password for just about everything -- bank accounts, email, Facebook, you name it. There's some kind of code to get into the account.

Although it's something we usually don't think twice about, one Canadian woman is wishing she did. Peggy Bush's husband David died from cancer last year. He had a will and left her everything he owned, but he didn't leave the password to their Apple ID account. So, when one of the apps she was on stopped, she couldn't enter the password on her iPad.

When she called Apple to retrieve it, they wanted a notarized copy of his will and his death certificate.

And it didn't stop there.

After months of back and forth, Bush says Apple told her she needed a court order to get the password. What a digital disaster! She eventually took the issue to Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, and to the media.

"I could get pensions, I could get benefits, I could get all kinds of things. But from Apple, I couldn't get a silly little password? It just seemed nonsense," she said.

Apple has now apologized for the misunderstanding, and it looks like Bush is going to get access to all the apps she and her husband had paid for. But it makes you wonder, should you share your passwords with your significant other?

"Yeah, someone close to me I would do that,” Curtis Daniels said.

"I would trust my husband with my password,” said Duraih Smith. “I'm not doing anything wrong."

"I would share my password with nobody,” James said.

Hey, if you or your partner expectedly die physically – and digitally – you might decide password passing was worth giving up your privacy.