Google have just launched a new service called “Inactive Account Manager”.
This is to manage your “digital afterlife”, so that in the event that you don’t login to Google Services after 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, your pre-defined trusted contact will have full access to your data after that period of time, once they’ve been verified. Or you can choose to have your data deleted.
Apart from death, there are a few other use cases that I can think of, where you won’t be able to access your data. Ones that come to mind include serious illness and kidnapping.
All in all, I like this feature and hope that it’s not used for many years to come 🙂