Love and logins: Who gets custody of passwords in a breakup?

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Posted at 6:54 AM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 09:54:37-05

NEW YORK (AP) — When love goes wrong, exactly what is today's etiquette on maintaining joint access to streaming and other online services?

Harold Li of the encryption service ExpressVPN says nearly 8 in 10 Americans who are in a relationship share passwords across nearly every digital platform. That ranges from social media to email and cell phone to mobile wallets.

He called sharing passwords in the digital era a sign of trust and affection akin to the gift of a letterman jacket or an exchange of school locker combinations. But the romantic gesture can pose serious risks to personal privacy when even the closest relationship ends.