The internet giant stated Tuesday that a new policy will delete data from select Gmail, Google Drive and Docs, Google Photos, Google Calendar, and YouTube accounts.

Google stated that the decision is designed to assist users in avoiding security concerns and that it will effect personal accounts that have been inactive for two years. Inactive accounts are less likely to employ two-factor authentication and are more likely to use obsolete or repeated passwords.

“This means that these accounts are frequently vulnerable, and once compromised, they can be used for anything from identity theft to a vector for unwanted or even malicious content, such as spam,” said Ruth Kricheli, Google’s vice president of product management.

Business or school-related accounts are not covered by the policy.

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Google stated that deletions will begin as early as December.

Several notifications will be issued to inactive accounts and linked recovery emails before deletions commence, according to the business.

Accounts that were never used after they were created would be terminated first, according to Kricheli.

A user can log in to their account directly or allow third-party websites and apps to connect to keep their account active.


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