Google Creates Inactive Account Manager In Case of Death
Posted: April 18, 2013 by Maja Johnson
Have you ever worried about what happens with all your Google information once you stop using them or die? Well thankfully you don't have to any more. Last Thursday, April 11, Google introduced the Inactive Account Manager tool which allows you to give Google instructions what to do with your accounts after you are gone.
The tool is implemented into Google's settings page where users can tell the company what to do with their Internet data in case of death. The tool is easy to use. The user first sets a timeout period to his/her accounts. After the period passes, the account will be considered as inactive. Before the timeout period passes, Google will send the user notifications through email. The user will have to add other trustworthy contacts into the Account Manager so that they could be notified as well, before the timeout period. The Inactive Account Manager also gives you an option to instruct Google to delete all your accounts and data on your behalf.
This approach is very different from the policy that Google had prior. Up till now, close family or friends had to get a court order and show it to Google in order to enter their deceased member of family or friend's account details. Unlike Google and Twitter, Facebook uses a different approach to death as it allows deceased users accounts to be "memorialized". The account is frozen but kept active only for the friends and family, as people can send posts and comments on the account as a sign of remembrance.
For the average person, this may not be the most useful tool in the world. But anyone who does extensive work online, this could be the best way to pass over your digitized assets – which could be worth more than some of your real world assets.