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Google will delete these accounts starting from December 2023.. Is your account included in it?

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Wed, 17 May 2023 08:00 AM

Google has important information for its millions of users as the internet giant updates its inactive account policies. As part of that, Google said it plans to delete accounts that have been inactive for two years or more.

Announcing the decision in a blog post, Google said it was part of its ongoing efforts to enhance security measures and reduce risks for its broad user base. In 2020, Google said it would remove content stored in an inactive account, but not the account itself. Today’s announcement is a change in that policy.

Why does google delete inactive accounts

Our internal analysis shows that 2-Step Verification is at least 10 times less likely to be set up than active accounts, meaning these accounts are often vulnerable to hacking, and once an account is hacked, it can be used for anything from identity theft to a vector for spam or even malicious content. Like spam,” Google said in the blog post, explaining the reasoning behind the decision.

Everything Google will delete with the account

Google will delete the account and its contents – including content within Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, and Calendar), YouTube, and Google Photos.

Are all Google accounts part of this new policy?

No, the policy only applies to personal Google accounts. According to the company, this will not affect the accounts of institutions such as schools and companies.

How will users know which accounts will be deleted

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Google says it will take a phased approach, starting with accounts that are created and not used again. “Before deleting an account, we will send several notices over the months leading up to the deletion, to both the account’s email address and recovery email (if one is provided),” he added in the post.