In order to improve security and battle possible threats, Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), has announced plans to deactivate inactive accounts beginning in December if they have been inactive for two years.
This preventative action is intended to protect against security breaches and potential cyberattacks. It comprises the deletion of both the account and its related material across multiple Google Workspace services, including Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, Calendar, YouTube, and Google Photos.
Notably, this policy change only applies to personal Google Accounts, not accounts associated with institutions such as schools or corporations.
It is worth mentioning that Google announced the erasure of material held under inactive accounts in 2020, but did not delete the accounts themselves.
Google will begin a comprehensive notification procedure today, sending several messages to the account’s registered email address and recovery mail. These alerts serve as reminders to users that their dormant accounts are about to be deleted.