Google lets you decide what happens to your data once you die

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Google has introduced a tool to manage data after death. Weird, but worth thinking about.

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Have you ever wondered what will happen to your online life when you die? Morbid, yes, but worth thinking about.

Our phones and computers are collecting more and more data about our lives and, increasingly, our lives are shifting online too thanks to social networking and internet banking and billing.

Even if you haven't thought about it, it turns out that Google has.

They've decided to let users to choose what will happen to their online data after they die with the option to have profiles deleted completely or passed to somebody else, if you'd prefer.

Google released a statement about the policy which covers all of their services: "You can tell us what to do with your Gmail messages and data from several other Google services if your account becomes inactive for any reason.

"We hope that this new feature will enable you to plan your digital afterlife - in a way that protects your privacy and security - and make life easier for your loved ones after you're gone."

Is it something you'll consider or is it just too eerie to think about right now?

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