Tech giant Google has announced some new policy changes surrounding the use of Gmail, Docs, and Google Photos. In an effort to purge unused storage, Google is updating its policy to delete users’ data from its most popular services on accounts that are inactive for more than two years. This is noted on Google’s Help site.
Beginning on June 1, 2021, Google will enact a new policy that applies to the storage on several of its services. As early as June 1, 2023, Google will delete data from Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Jamboard, Gmail, Photos, Drawings, Forms, and Sites if they are inactive for two years.
Google explains that users who don’t wish their data to be deleted should use service with associated account either on a Google app or via browser to keep it active. Google also explains that this change will not apply to Google One users who pay a monthly fee, nor will it apply to Google Workspace (formerly GSuite for business), GSuite for Education, nor GSuite for non-profits.
Just a few weeks ago, Google had announced that its online cloud storage policy will also undergo a major change from June 1, 2021. The search giant will no longer offer unlimited free storage for uploading photos and videos onto its Google Photos service. The company currently offers a total of 15GB free storage for Gmail, Drive, Docs, and Photos. So, if you exceed the limit, you will be required to buy a Google One plan to continue using the Google services. As more people might soon be buying cloud storage, Google One has received a significant price cut in India for the higher storage plans.
Google has said that for members that need more space, they are cutting the price of 10 TB, 20 TB, and 30 TB plans by 50%. If members are already on a qualifying plan, they’ll start seeing savings automatically.