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

  • Raquel O. Prates
  • Mary Beth Rosson
  • Clarisse S. de Souza
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9296)


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 



Raquel Prates thanks CNPq (grant #248441/2013-2) and the College of IST at Penn State; Clarisse de Souza thanks CNPq (grant #307043/2013-4) and FAPERJ (grant #E-26/102.770/2012) for partially funding their research.


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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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