Google Launches Inactive Account Manager To Look After Your Digital Afterlife
None of us like to think about things like death or serious injury. But unfortunately it’s aÂ necessaryÂ evil that we all must plan for. Now that many of us have a lot of data in the cloud, health insurance isn’t enough; we also need to make sure that ourÂ “digital will”Â is filled out as well. Google have just made this a whole lot easier with the release of theÂ Inactive Account Manager.
TheÂ Inactive Account ManagerÂ allows you to tell Google what to do with all of your data held within the Google ecosystem should you become unable to use your Google account due to something like illness, injury, or even death (god forbid). In the announcement on the Google blog,Â Andreas Tuerk goes on to elaborate on what you can do with the Inactive Account Manager:
“For example, you can choose to have your data deleted â€” after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from some or all of the following services: +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. Before our systems take any action, weâ€™ll first warn you by sending a text message to your cellphone and email to the secondary address youâ€™ve provided.”
Using Google Apps?
I’m a Google Apps user, and I just tried to setup theÂ Inactive Account Manager,Â but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be available to us paid Google Apps users yet. As with most new features, Google will more than likely test it for a while on the open Gmail accounts, then once they’re happy, move it over to Google Apps. However, this may not be the case in this instance – we’ll just have to wait and see.