February 21, 2024

The corporate stated 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 stated that idle accounts have been 10 occasions much less more likely to have two-factor verification, which checks a person’s identification.

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

Google stated sure accounts can 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 stated it might start purging accounts on Dec. 1, it could not get rid of all of them instantly. Google stated in Might that it deliberate to start out 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 stated it could 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 person’s account.