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Digital Afterlife: Google’s Inactive Account Manager

A topic heavily discussed in our recent report, Future Legacy, Google has unveiled a new feature that enables users to control what happens to their digital data once they have passed away.

The Inactive Account Manager function controls data related to Google, such as email, Youtube videos, Google documents and blog posts, which users can set to be deleted or sent to family members after a period of inactivity.

“We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital afterlife — in a way that protects your privacy and security — and make life easier for your loved ones after you’re gone,” explains Google’s Product Manager Andreas Tuerk.

Read our recent In The Air report, Public Privacy, which explores the current issues concerning digital data protection and ownership. – Samantha Fox

Scroll down for images of Boris Meister’s project Above the Cloud an atlas-like book, which documents death and its digital footprint.

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