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New York - Google has launched a tool that lets users decide what happens with their e-mail, Google Plus and other accounts after they die - or become inactive online for any other reason.

Called "inactive account manager", the feature lets users of Google's services tell the company what to do with e-mail messages and other data if their account becomes inactive.

For example, Google says, users can choose to delete their data after three, six or 12 months of inactivity. Or they can choose specific people to receive the data.

Besides Gmail and Google Plus, other services covered include YouTube, the photo-sharing service Picasa and Blogger. Google says it will warn users through a secondary e-mail address or a provided phone number before taking any action.
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