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What's a good word to describe the situation when sensitive information is given to a trusted proxy (such as a lawyer), to be released only when a certain event occurs, such as a person's untimely death?

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Do you want to describe the transaction or the information given? Title says the latter, while your text says the former. –  Jürgen A. Erhard Jan 12 '11 at 16:24
    
@jae, I've clarified question and title. –  pate Jan 12 '11 at 16:28

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I might call that a contingency confidence.

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Nice. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but I think it is precise. –  dmckee Jan 12 '11 at 16:39

The trusted information is held in escrow?

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TV Tropes (warning: not productivity safe) has an entry for Dead Man Writing, and some of those examples cover what you're talking about.

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No doubt from "dead man switch". I like it. –  dmckee Jan 12 '11 at 22:31
    
@dmckee: I thought it was a snowclone of "Dead Man Walking". –  Andrew Grimm Jan 12 '11 at 22:36

Edit: Answered before the question was clarified, and addressing the information so entrusted, rather than the process.


If the context is already established "insurance" is not a bad choice. But you can't use it without setting the stage because it has too many alternate meanings.

On a snarky note, there is "last will and testament", but again it won't work if you haven't set it up.

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How about "escrow"? –  pate Jan 12 '11 at 16:28
    
@Fresh. Not bad. I think it has a bit of the same issue as "insurance"---too many mundane meaning to be clear without some elaboration---but certainly a relevant word. Money can be placed in escrow for sensitive transaction, real estate transaction generally include a escrow phase, etc... –  dmckee Jan 12 '11 at 16:35

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