Google’s new rules could mean Gmail and Photos will be removed in the future
Google is changing things starting June 1 and this could have a major impact on some users of the popular Gmail, Photos and Drive services. In effect, the new terms allow the US tech company to delete personal files stored on its servers without requiring permission.
This dramatic update was first announced in December 2020, with Google emailing users explaining how the changes will affect them.
“We are writing to let you know that we recently announced a new storage policy for Google accounts with Gmail, Google Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard files) and / or Google Photos that we use on aligned with industry practices, ” explained Google in the email seen by Express.co.uk.
Now, to anyone who has endless private emails or family photos stored with Google, this all sounds pretty terrifying, but hopefully the impact should be minimal.
Google made these changes to enable it to do a serious spring cleaning when users stop using these services and don’t bother to inform the tech giant.
Google began warning users about the change in December
To combat this data problem, Google is now giving users two years to log in to their accounts. Anyone who stays away for more than 24 months can then see things disappear, with Google having the option to remove content.
“If you have been inactive for two years (24 months) in Gmail, Drive or Photos, we can delete the content in the products you are inactive in. If you exceed your storage limit for two years, we can delete your content in Gmail, Drive and Photos, ”the company said.
Users are given ample notice before their family snaps are sent to the trash, with everyone involved receiving an email informing them that their content can be removed, so they should have plenty of time to put things in order.
It’s also worth noting that while the changes will take effect from June 1, no content will be removed until at least June 1, 2023.
This is because the new rules will not come into effect until June 2021 and users will then have two years to comply with them.
As always, each Google account gets 15 GB of free storage for Gmail, Drive, and Photos, which Google estimates will last the majority of its users for several years.
While not everyone may like this change, better Google news is coming later this month. Google CEO Sundar Pichai told investors to expect some “ major product updates and announcements ” at the California firm’s developer conference
Google IO is scheduled for May 18-20, and it could be exciting days for fans of the US technology brand.
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