Google Tool Manages Data Afterlife

by Christopher Freeburn | April 12, 2013 9:54 am

Graveyard[1]Everybody dies eventually. And now, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG[2]) has an app to handle that[3].

The Internet search engine giant has developed a way for users to have their information scrubbed from the web after they shuffle off this mortal coil. The Interactive Account Manager will delete your online data if you fail to log in for a specified period of time, the Washington Post notes.

Users can configure the tool to begin erasing their web data after three, six or twelve months of inactivity. In order to prevent data deletions in the event people stop logging in to accounts for reasons other than death, the tool offers a feature that will send warning messages to other email accounts or smartphones after prolonged periods of inactivity.

With the new tool, Google joins online service providers like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB[4]) in creating ways for people to deal with data after death. Facebook users can have their pages either deleted altogether or “memorialized” by loved ones after they die.

Memorializing a Facebook page prevents the addition of new information and removes the individual from recommended friends lists sent to other users.

Living early adopters of Google’s new high-tech glasses can expect to receive them within weeks[5], the company said on Wednesday.

Shares of Google were flat in Friday morning trading.

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