Google Cloud

Inactive accounts can now have data shared with a person of your choosing, then deleted if you set things up beforehand

The digital age is relatively new. It was only recently that folks started depending so heavily on electronic communications and services, which in turn saves -- at least in part -- your life in the cloud. Photographs of friends and loved ones, email correspondences, and school and work documents are all part of many people's digital footprints today. Google now has incorporated what they call the 'Inactive Account Manager' into Google services.

After a user-defined timeout period that starts from your last sign-in, your Google account will be classified as inactive. Before the end of the timeout period is reached, Google will send you a text or email notification. If Google receives no response from you, contacts of your choosing can be notified after the timeout period that you are no longer using your account. There's even an option to share data with those contacts at this time. Any of the following can be shared: +1s, Blogger, Contacts and Circles, Drive, Gmail, Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams, Picasa Web Albums, Google Voice and YouTube. A warning text and email will be sent before any data sharing occurs. The final step is account deletion after 3-12 months, which is completely optional. Google will erase your account and its contents if you so desire.

The Inactive Account Manager setup page can be found here. It's nice to see Google giving its users a tool to help plan for the unexpected. Whether you choose to simply delete your account or to share photos and documents with loved ones, this new tool has the potential to give a little extra peace of mind.

Setup Page; Source: Google Public Policy Blog

 
There are 8 comments

tx_tuff says:

This is a great ideal, just now set it up.

still1 says:

i read this story in many sites but this title is the best

Slashdpc says:

"You are trying to access Inactive Account Manager from a Google Apps Account. Inactive Account Manager is only available for Google Accounts."

Same old same old

Darth Spock says:

Well, yes, of course this is for individual accounts, not business/organization accounts.

andreo says:

This seems like a pretty good idea. However, I think it was created more to keep people of the recently deceased from calling up Google asking for access then it was as service.

M3wThr33 says:

This is easily the most sobering thing I've had to do in my life. Writing a note from beyond the grave to my wife.

rmmyyz says:

Thank you for the information. All other news outlets that I have read did a poor job on pertinent information such as where to go to set things up. Great information as always.

sharemylastwords.com already does this