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(Google Public Policy)   Digital estate planning by Google. Designate who should be notified and who should receive access to your Google stuff if your account remains inactive for a specified period of time   (googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com ) divider line
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925 clicks; posted to Geek » on 11 Apr 2013 at 11:04 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-04-11 10:06:14 PM  
Is this real life?  'Cause I suspect it's pheique.
 
2013-04-11 10:51:49 PM  
Nope, legit. http://www.google.com/settings/u/0/account/inactive is the link in the blog post and it goes to a real Google settings page.

I've had a hacky setup like this in the event of my demise.  Nice to know it's automated now.
 
2013-04-11 11:12:35 PM  
Watch google shut it down in two years.
 
2013-04-11 11:16:44 PM  
The important question is, who gets the pr0n?
 
2013-04-11 11:16:47 PM  
Will Gus curate it? Can my son bring 7 of his closest friends? (Levar Burton was a maybe)
 
2013-04-11 11:17:43 PM  
I predict this will go badly the first time someone gets loads and loads of porn.
 
2013-04-11 11:48:20 PM  
I'll sell you post rapture services similar to that for $1500. Yeah, it's a bit steep, but after the rapture I'll be really busy and reliable help will be hard to find.
 
2013-04-11 11:48:52 PM  

gingerjet: Watch google shut it down in two years.


came here to say this
 
2013-04-11 11:59:07 PM  

mcmnky: The important question is, who gets the pr0n?


oh man im glad ill be dead when i die, cause my family is gonna find tons and tons of friggin pr0n.  i mean stacks of dvdrs, a dozen 1tb drives. id die of shame if i werent already dead

/ not sure why i keep it
// i dont even watch it
/// i guess i have some massive ocd complex
 
2013-04-12 12:02:58 AM  

gingerjet: Watch google shut it down in two years.


^^
 
2013-04-12 12:04:09 AM  

thisiszombocom: mcmnky: The important question is, who gets the pr0n?

oh man im glad ill be dead when i die, cause my family is gonna find tons and tons of friggin pr0n.  i mean stacks of dvdrs, a dozen 1tb drives. id die of shame if i werent already dead

/ not sure why i keep it
// i dont even watch it
/// i guess i have some massive ocd complex


www.incrediblethings.com
 
2013-04-12 12:07:02 AM  
I think it's a good idea. I worked for a university for a while and we had four students die in one year, and when the parents came looking for access to their email accounts, we didn't have a policy in place.  This was well before cloud services, but after the first request legal spent months trying to figure out if we could grant parents access.

In the end, we did, but I'm not sure they would make the same decision today.
 
2013-04-12 12:27:23 AM  
I played with it a bit and I have some criticisms right off the bat:

1. I don't see a sample of the notification that will be sent to my trusted contacts.  "Barky's dead, do you want any of his stuff?" is not what I want sent to my son.

2. Other than the auto-response that will go out to  everyone who tries to contact me, not just trusted contacts, there is no way to customize my own farewell messages.  Might want to send different emails to different trusted contacts.

3. Be nice if I could divide the contents of my Google Drive among several people, but it looks like any  trusted contact who get access to Drive gets access to everything on it.  Same for the other services.  I might want to leave a Doc for my kid and another for his mother.

There are more sophisticated digital estate planning services out there.  Some are free, the fancier ones cost money.

I hope this takes off and Google improves it.  Digital estate planning is important for a lot of survivors.
 
2013-04-12 12:52:31 AM  
Meh, just use Hushmail and the account gets deleted if you don't log in after a certain amount of time. You'd never see google really delete any user data, just like facebook it's too precious to them.
 
2013-04-12 01:28:04 AM  
My favorited RSS items in google reader WERE my estate. Now I have nothing.
 
2013-04-12 03:59:52 AM  
www.smbc-comics.com
 
2013-04-12 08:43:42 AM  
In my safe deposit box is an envelope that says. "Open when I die."

Among other things, it has my passwords in it. Google never needs to know I died.

People need a service for this?
 
2013-04-12 06:41:20 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: I played with it a bit and I have some criticisms right off the bat:

1. I don't see a sample of the notification that will be sent to my trusted contacts.  "Barky's dead, do you want any of his stuff?" is not what I want sent to my son.

2. Other than the auto-response that will go out to  everyone who tries to contact me, not just trusted contacts, there is no way to customize my own farewell messages.  Might want to send different emails to different trusted contacts.

3. Be nice if I could divide the contents of my Google Drive among several people, but it looks like any  trusted contact who get access to Drive gets access to everything on it.  Same for the other services.  I might want to leave a Doc for my kid and another for his mother.

There are more sophisticated digital estate planning services out there.  Some are free, the fancier ones cost money.

I hope this takes off and Google improves it.  Digital estate planning is important for a lot of survivors.


You can write your own message for every "trusted contact" you select (up to 10).  The only fixed information in those messages is a link that guides the trusted contact through the process of retrieving passwords for your account.

The auto-response message is configurable, though not on a per-contact basis, but with 10 possible "trusted contacts" I would hope some of them could bother to send out a few messages to people.

Google Drive is one of those things where it would be nice if there was an "auto-deliver this document" option.  Failing that, I have a bunch of documents in my GDrive that are just labeled "[If I'm dead] - To NAME" and so forth.  Not automated, but if this was a real will I'd need someone to hand out the letters I've written and such.  I view it as not much different than that.

It's also worth noting that different trusted contacts can be given access to different services, e.g. you can decide that only one contact gets access to your GDrive while another is the only person who can access your youtube, etc. etc.
 
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