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Friend the dead on Facebook

What happens to your data after you die? Facebook allows a legacy contact to manage your account -- with limitations. Google also offers a similar way to pass on your files.

The dead can still friend you on Facebook. That is, if the deceased bestows the account to a Think of it as an heir to a Facebook page -- with restrictions. (No sending status updates from beyond the grave, for example.)

The benefit of alerting Facebook of someone's death is to keep a profile from winding up in advertisements and other notifications. After an account is frozen, a legacy contact can download an archive of photos and posts, change profile photos and even accept friend requests. Facebook also will respect your wishes to delete it all when you're gone.

Watch CNET Update below for a quick overview of how it works, and what similar tool Google offers to pass on your data to others:

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Friend the dead on Facebook