As we share and store increasing amounts of our personal data online whether it be through email, photo-sharing or blogging, the thought of what happens to this when we are no longer able to maintain it is an issue.
Google has addressed this matter with the news that it is now possible to Plan your digital afterlife with Inactive Account Manager. You set the parameters regarding length of inactivity before action is taken, who (if anybody) you wish to nominate as the person/s (up to 10) you entrust with the task of managing the data on your behalf, or maybe you'd request Google to simply delete all data.
CNET have provided an easy walk-through for setting this up for your Google account at How to set up Google's Inactive Account Manager. Setting it up is a thought provoking process but very worthwhile. Thanks Google.