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Google Releases Inactive Account Manager

Now there’s a DNR for you online. Google has a new tool, the Inactive Account Manager, which allows users to wipe from the system their various accounts (Gmail, Picasa, YouTube, etc.) 3, 6, 9, or 12 months after they become inactive. The debate over what to do with a user’s accounts after death has picked up lately, with Facebook creating the option to memorialize Facebook pages, and some states passing laws about use of email data after death.

April 12, 2013 9:23 AM