Gmail Users receive a Three-week Notice from Google regarding their Accounts

Gmail Users receive a Three-week Notice from Google regarding their Accounts

November 15, 2023 Off By Sharp Media

Google is set to delete millions of dormant Gmail accounts next month as part of a significant platform update. This policy, introduced earlier in the year and effective from December 2023, targets personal Google accounts inactive for at least two years, erasing emails, documents, calendars, photos, and videos permanently. Ruth Kricheli, Google’s Vice President of Product Management, explained in a May blog post that the update aligns with industry standards, enhances account security, and limits the retention of unused personal information.

The primary goal of this initiative is to safeguard active Google users from potential security threats such as phishing scams and account hijacking. Dormant accounts are susceptible to hacking, particularly if users employ passwords compromised in previous security breaches, which are readily available on the dark web.

Affected account holders will receive multiple notifications before any deletion occurs, including alerts sent to associated recovery email addresses. Google emphasizes that this action aims to protect users’ private information and prevent unauthorized access to accounts, even if the services are no longer in use.

Google has already begun notifying impacted users through emails, stressing the importance of the update in safeguarding private information. Losing access to a Gmail account could also impact users’ ability to use other online platforms and services associated with that email address, even if they aren’t directly related to Google.

To prevent account deletion, Google advises users to take specific actions, such as opening or sending an email, utilizing Google Drive, downloading an app from the Google Play Store, or conducting a Google Search while logged into the account. Notably, accounts that have posted a video to YouTube will not be affected, regardless of their last activity date. This move aligns with Google’s broader effort to enhance security and privacy measures across its user base.