Human-Computer Interaction

INTERACT 2015: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015 pp 201-209

Making Decisions About Digital Legacy with Google’s Inactive Account Manager

  • Raquel O. Prates
  • Mary Beth Rosson
  • Clarisse S. de Souza
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22701-6_14

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9296)
Cite this paper as:
Prates R.O., Rosson M.B., de Souza C.S. (2015) Making Decisions About Digital Legacy with Google’s Inactive Account Manager. In: Abascal J., Barbosa S., Fetter M., Gross T., Palanque P., Winckler M. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015. INTERACT 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9296. Springer, Cham


As information systems become more integrated into everyday use, people generate and store significant data through their lifetimes. Only recently have researchers and companies started to pay attention to digital legacy issues. Google has been one of the first companies to support users in planning the future of their digital assets through Google Inactive Account Manager (IAM). In this work, we present a systematic analysis of IAM and discuss how it structures users’ digital legacy decision space and deals with challenges regarding future impact of these decisions.


Digital legacy Anticipation Configuration settings Future impact 

Copyright information

© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raquel O. Prates
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mary Beth Rosson
    • 2
  • Clarisse S. de Souza
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceFederal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.College of Information Science and TechnologyPennsylvania State UniversityState CollegeUSA
  3. 3.Department of InformaticsPontifical Catholic University of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrazil

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