April 18, 2024

The corporate mentioned when it introduced the coverage that it was for safety causes: Accounts that haven’t been used for a very long time usually tend to be compromised. It additionally mentioned that idle accounts have been 10 instances much less more likely to have two-factor verification, which checks a consumer’s id.

The coverage applies solely to private accounts, not these managed by a enterprise or college.

Google mentioned sure accounts could be exempt from deletion, even when they have been inactive for 2 years, together with those who contained a present card with a financial stability or had an energetic paid subscription.

Though the corporate mentioned it might start purging accounts on Dec. 1, it might not eradicate all of them instantly. Google mentioned in Could that it deliberate to begin with accounts that had by no means been used.

If a Google account is deleted, all of its content material and information could disappear. Earlier than starting deletion, Google mentioned it might warn customers in a number of emails to the inactive Google account and to a different electronic mail, if one has been saved to a consumer’s account.