An odd new service has launched in Japan called Yahoo Ending. The idea behind the service is to give you the ability to communicate with your loved ones after you die, and to wrap up what is left of your digital footprint. While it doesn’t appear that you can have the service delete your browser history, but you can have it delete files left behind in Yahoo Box online storage.
When Yahoo Ending receives an official death notification, it can delete Yahoo Japan data, cancel charges to the Yahoo digital wallet, delete those Box files, and send out farewell messages to loved ones. Apparently, it can send messages to a smartphone from you so you can reach out from beyond the grave.
Other than deleting data from your online life, the Yahoo Ending service can also help you to plan your funeral. Funeral packages cost the equivalent of $18,000 US in Japan. Users can also choose to set up a memorial space with funeral invites, messages to friends and family, home movies, and other personal content.
“Soon it will be 20 years since Windows 95, and with the growth of the Internet comes worries about what happens to online information when one passes away,” said a spokeswoman for Yahoo Japan, which is owned in part by Japanese telecom carrier SoftBank.
Via PC World
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