Monday, October 19, 2015
An to XXXX I leave my digital legacy
Today I was delving into the depths of my Google account and came upon the facility to assign an account trustee.
It seems that there was a major update to the account page in May 2015 and this facility of 'future planning' was added. A nice way of saying what happens if you die.
I can assign a 'timeout period' after which my account is treated as inactive and then my trusted contacts can get access to the data. Alternatively I can specify that Google should delete all of the data.
My bet is that this will become a standard part of account management for all types of online transactions. No doubt it will take the banks a decade or two to catch-up but I am sure that there are people working on this in Amazon as you read these words.
Another 'must have' in the world of an ageing population? Dick Stroud