Some questions were raised about what happens in our digital life when we die. Should we just share it to our love ones before we leave or just delete it entirely so no one can access the data anymore?
These questions led Google to develop the technology to help manage the digital life even after the user is gone.
Headed by Andreas Tuerk, Google’s product manager, they call it the “Inactive Account Manager”. This feature allows a user to manage and specify some things that will happen after you die and eventually become inactive for a certain period of time. User can manage the notification time and files to be shared and let Google notify the user through a text or email before sharing of data happens to confirm if it is still active. If so, user can extend time and just wait for the next notification again.
In a blog post, Mr. Tuerk said “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,”
The “Inactive Account Manager” can be found in the Google Account Setting Page. You might want to check it or let your love ones know about this.
This technology from Google is a result after a debate with the lawmakers to consider digital properties of the deceased to be handed to the relatives or love ones. Some are pushing to allow this only if there is a court. Even Internet service providers just don’t hand away the accounts of their dead customers to the relatives even if there is a request in their will. Even with this feature of Google, it doesn’t hand away the total control of the account but just the data that the deceased wants to be handed to their relatives or love ones.