Google is changing things from June 1 and could have a big impact on some users of its popular Gmail, Photos and Drive services. The new terms will basically allow the US technology company to delete personal files stored on its servers without the need for permission.
This dramatic update was first announced in December 2020, with Google users sending emails explaining how the changes would affect them.
“We’re writing to let you know that we’ve recently announced new policies for storing Google Accounts using Gmail, Google Drive (including Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard files) and / or Google Photos, which bring it into line with industry practices, “Google explained in an email seen by Express.co.uk.
Now, for anyone with endless personal emails or family photos stored on Google, this all sounds pretty awful, but hopefully the impact should be minimal.
Google has made these changes to allow it to carry out serious spring cleaning when users stop using these services and do not bother to inform the technology giant.
To combat this data problem, Google now gives users two years to log in to their accounts. Anyone who stays away for more than 24 months can see things disappear when Google has the opportunity to start removing content.
Users will receive a lot of notifications before their family photos are sent to the trash, with everyone affected receiving an email informing them that their content can be removed, so they should have enough time to fix things. .
It is also worth noting that although the changes take effect on June 1, no content will be removed until at least June 1, 2023.
This is because the new rules do not enter into force until June 2021, and consumers then have two years to comply.
As always, each Google account will continue to come with 15 GB of free storage in Gmail, Drive, and Photos, which Google says will last most users for several years.
While this change may not please everyone, there is better news from Google coming later this month. Google CEO Sundar Pichai told investors to expect some “significant product updates and announcements” during the California developer’s conference
Google IO is scheduled to run between May 18 and 20, and this can be an exciting few days for fans of the American technology brand.