(WGN) — Google has announced plans to begin deleting personal accounts and all of their content en masse to reduce risk for its more active users.
In a Tuesday announcement the company stated it is updating its inactive account policies and plan to begin deleting accounts which have not been used or signed into for at least two years. Officials state inactive accounts are more likely to be compromised leading to identity theft and/or unwanted content like spam.
The mass deletion won’t happen immediately. In the policy update, the company stated, “We are going to roll this out slowly and carefully, with plenty of notice,” going on to say the earliest accounts will be deleted is December 2023. Officials plan to take a phased approach by starting with accounts that were created and then never used again. The update also states multiple notifications will be sent over the months leading up to deletion.
Don’t want that inactive account cleared from Google’s servers? Simply sign-in to the account at least once every two years and use any Google service such as reading or sending an email, watching a YouTube video, or using Google Search. The key thing is to sign-in.
Google added if a user has an existing subscription, such as a news publication, that is considered account activity and your account will not be impacted. The company will also not delete any business or school-associated accounts.
See Google’s full update to its inactive account policies here.