Google's new "digital afterlife" feature feels creepy and morbid, but it's the kind of responsible data control we should embrace for the rest of our Internet selves. With the "Inactive Account Manager"—the sad, emotionless name Google chose for the product—you get to make a will for your Google accounts. Google uses the term "inactive account" to make it less morbid, but that's just a euphemism. Call it what you want, but this is a very necessary set-up for figuring what happens to your private, personal information after you die and all websites with passwords should have something like it.
Here's how Google's works: Once an account hasn't been in use for a certain amount of time—theoretically because that person is no longer alive—you can have Google share your data with a trusted source or delete it, or both. You get to pick the settings, which include a "time out" period that puts your account in this "inactive mode" after a period of time you select. At that point, Google will notify you via text and e-mail to make sure you really want to do this. Then, at that point, it will either send that data to a select person, delete the account entirely, or both.