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What happens to your Gmail when you die?

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Google is leading the way in planning for your digital assets on your death. They have launched a new feature that makes it easy to tell Google what you want done with your Gmail messages and data from several other Google services when you die or can no longer use your account. It is called ‘Inactive Account Manager’. You may think, what is the big deal? but most of the big online organisations have clear terms and conditions that will only allow you to access the information and anyone else accessing it may be a breach.

This new feature by Google, I think, is a good start and hopefully other online organisations will look to address the issue of digital assets. With any luck, other organisations such as Apple will follow suit and remember, just because you purchased an iTunes download does not mean that you own it and can transfer it to another user. Unlike when you buy a CD.

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