SAN FRANCISCO -- What happens to all of your digital stuff after you die?
That’s the existential question that Google is trying to address with a new dashboard for users of Gmail, Google+, Drive, Picasa and other Google services.
Google calls it the "Inactive Account Manager" and it's a new way to manage your digital afterlife. It allows you to specify what you'd like to have happen to your data after you die or become inactive for an extended period of time, say after three, six, nine or 12 months. (Google will send a text message and an email before taking action).
You can have different directives for different products. You can delete all those cat videos you viewed on YouTube but save your family photographs for posterity on Picasa.
"We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital afterlife –- in a way that protects your privacy and security — and make life easier for your loved ones after you're gone," Google product manager Andreas Tuerk said in a blog post.