Google Set to Delete Inactive Accounts Starting December, Urges Users to Review Their Accounts

Google has announced that starting December 2023, it will delete accounts that have been inactive for two years, a policy change aimed at enhancing security. Users have been notified to review their accounts to avoid losing data, with active users of Google services exempt from this deletion policy.

Google has announced that it will start deleting inactive accounts from December 2023. This move, initially communicated in May, marks the end of a transition period and is part of Google’s efforts to enhance security across its services.

Google’s revised guidelines indicate that accounts which have remained inactive for a period of two years will be subject to deletion. This policy applies to all Google services, not just the free offerings. The rationale behind this decision is primarily security-driven. Inactive accounts, often neglected by users, become potential targets for unauthorized access and misuse. These accounts are particularly vulnerable as they are likely to lack recent security updates, including two-factor authentication.

Over the past few months, Google has been proactively informing users whose accounts are at risk of being deleted. These notifications have been sent via the email addresses linked to the Google accounts or through recovery email addresses. This approach is intended to prevent the deletions from catching users by surprise.

The deletion of an account results in the permanent loss of all data associated with it. Users who may have created a Google account in the past and have since stopped using it are advised to review these accounts. Often, these accounts contain important data that users may want to retrieve or secure before the deletion takes place.

Users who regularly use Google services, such as Gmail, Google Play, Google Drive, YouTube, or even conducting searches while logged into their account, are not affected by this policy. Regular usage of these services is recognized as active engagement, thus exempting these accounts from being deleted under the new policy.

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