Google will delete all account data after two years of inactivity in line with its’ new storage policy
Google has announced new policy changes regarding the storage of its most used apps that includes Gmail, Docs and Google Photos.
In an effort to resolve storage issues within the company, Google is updating its policy to delete user’s data from accounts that have been inactive for more than two years. The complete set of clauses is listed on Google’s Help site. Additionally, users have been receiving notifications and emails regarding the policy changes.
The policy is set to go into effect from the beginning of June 1st 2021 that will unanimously apply to several of its services. As early as June 1, 2023, Google will delete data from Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Jamboard, Gmail, Photos, Drawings, Forms, and Sites if they are inactive for two years.
Following this decision, Google has explained that users who wish to retain their data should begin using the services, at least as much as logging in and out regularly. Using the service with any associated account on a Google app or via browser will help keep the account active.
It is important to note that this change will not apply to Google One users who pay a monthly fee, nor will it apply to Google Workspace (formerly GSuite for business), GSuite for Education, nor GSuite for non-profits.
It is though a case for speculation if the recent outage issues that google has had might have anything to do with the policy changes.