Google Data Inactive Account Manager Tool
What should happen to your photos, emails and documents when you stop using your account? Google puts you in control.
Google’s After Death Tool
The feature applies to social network Google Plus, email and other accounts.
Users can choose to delete data after a set period of time, or pass it on to specific people.
Internet users around the world have spoken concern about what happens to their data after their end.
“We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital life after death – in a way that protects your privacy and security – and make life easier for your loved ones after you’re gone,” Google said in a blogpost.
Google said users have option to have their data deleted after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Alternatively, confident contacts can be sent data from some or all of their services.
However, the company said it would text a provided number or email a secondary email address to inform users before any action is taken.
People are increasingly placing content on social networks and data storage services hosted in cyberspace, or the “cloud”.
Other companies have also attempted to tackle the question that rises after a person’s death. Facebook, as an example, allows users to “memorialize” an account.
Four Main Option Google Provides with This New Feature
(1) Timeout period:
You set a timeout period, after which your account can be treated as inactive. The timeout period starts with your last sign-in to your Google account.
(2) Alert me:
Inactive Account Manager will alert you via text message and optionally email before the timeout period ends.
(3) Notify contacts and share data:
Add trusted contacts who should be made aware that you are no longer using your account. You can also share data with them if you like.
(4) Optionally delete account:
If you wish, instruct Google to delete your account on your behalf.