Have you assigned attorney for your online data?

In today’s online world, most of our data is stored online.  If you use Gmail or Google Chrome or an Android phone then it is very likely that your contacts, location, conversations, search history are all stored in Google servers.

So what happens to these online data after you die?   Like you assign a nominee for your financial assets, can’t you do this with your online data too?

With the growing technology de-centralization, thankfully it is possible with few online services.  In this post, I will explain how this can be done for your data stored at Google.

So lets see how you can authorize someone to have access to your data in Google after certain period inactivity.

  1. Log into to Gmail and go to myaccount.google.com
  2. Scroll to the section Assign an account trustee at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click on CHANGE THIS SETTING.
  4. Here you can set various settings like:
    Decide when Google should consider your Google Account inactive
    Choose whom to notify & to share
    and finally ADD PERSON
  5. And you are done.

This setting will allow the nominated person to have access to all your stored data at Google and decide what to do with it.  While assigning the person, you can also add a note which will clearly tell the person what action he / she should take with your data.

At last if you don’t want to assign any attorney or trustee but rather want your data to be deleted after the inactivity period, you can also set that.

As online data is as good as your entire life history, I would highly recommend everyone to set this up so that your online data is not misused after the inactivity period.

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