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Google Inactive Account Manager Lets You Manage Your Digital Afterlife

Google Inactive Account Manager Lets You Manage Your Digital Afterlife

Google has released a new Inactive Account Manager which lets you manage your digital life after death. With the new tool, you can tell Google what to with your Google accounts if it becomes inactive.

For example, you can choose to have your data automatically deleted after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from your services and a personalized email. You can also set up an auto-responder to emails sent to an inactive account. Before any action is taken with your account, Google will send a warning email to a specified secondary email and an SMS to your mobile phone.

Nobody likes to think about death, but as we grapple with how our everyday internet services deal with our mortality, Google's Inactive Account Manager may be a step forward to helping us and our loved ones close accounts if it ever becomes necessary.

Source: Google Public Policy Blog