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Google Lets You Manage Your Digital Life From Beyond the Grave


Google announced today that users of its myriad digital services can control how their data is handled while they’re taking a dirt nap. The awkwardly named Inactive Account Manager lets you tell Google to delete or share your precious data with a predetermined person after a specified period of inactivity.

The “Timeout Period” — as entertaining a euphemism for death as we’ve heard — can be set to three, six, nine or 12 months. After that time has elapsed, you will receive a text message and an email before Google forwards all those Picasa photos from Vegas to your mom. The service pulls data from Blogger, your contacts, email, Google+, Picasa, YouTube and Google Voice.

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