Computer scientists grapple with how to manage the digital legacy of the departed | Technology | Science News

Computer scientists grapple with how to manage the digital legacy of the departed | Technology | Science News.

In April, Google added to its services an Inactive Account Manager, which lets you designate an heir who will control your Google data when you die. You choose a length of inactivity, and if your accounts are ever quiet for that long, Google will notify your heirs that they’ve inherited access to your Gmail correspondence, YouTube videos or Picasa photo albums — whatever you specify.

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