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Important policy changes for Google Account storage

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Important policy changes for Google Account storage

Google sent out the following email notice:

"We recently announced new storage policies for Google Accounts using Gmail, Google Drive (including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, and Jamboard files) and/or Google Photos that bring us in line with industry practices

Summary of the new policies (effective June 1, 2021):
• If you're inactive for 2 years (24 months) in Gmail, Drive or Photos, we may delete the content in the product(s) in which you're inactive. Google One members who are within their storage quota and in good-standing will not be impacted by this new inactive policy.
• If you exceed your storage limit for 2 years, we may delete your content across Gmail, Drive and Photos.

What this means for you:
• You won't be impacted by these changes unless you've been inactive or over your storage limit for 2 years. As this policy goes into effect June 1, 2021, the earliest it would be enforced is June 1, 2023.
• After June 1, 2021, if you are either inactive or over your storage limit, we will send you email reminders and notifications in advance and prior to deleting any content."

Effectively what this seems to mean is that you must log in to your account and visit each of the affected services at least once every two years, or the content will be deleted (for you at least - Google probably has it archived forever and will likely charge you money to retrieve it). Google says you can set up an emergency contact for your account who will be notified if you don't respond to warnings.

This comes on top of Google's recent ending of unlimited Google Photos storage. Could Google be running into problems with the amount of storage they have online? Or is this just a routine attempt to move toward monetization by gradually introducing new limits and fees now that they have us all hooked?
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IMHO, auto-deletion is not a bad policy. We seem to forget that we have the right to be forgotten since everything on the internet, including this post, is cached across multiple servers. This seems to set up your accounts to assume you're dead and no longer need any of the data instead of saving and keeping every forever after a reasonable period of inactivity.
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Isn't this part of the Google photos change? I could swear that the announcement of the end of unlimited high quality photo storage included these terms.
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"Google One members who are within their storage quota and in good-standing..."

Good standing? I guess it's only a matter of time before Google impliments a social-credit scoring system, probably based on your search queries, websites you visit, keywords in posts you make, etc.
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S0meGuy wrote: "Google One members who are within their storage quota and in good-standing..."

Good standing? I guess it's only a matter of time before Google impliments a social-credit scoring system, probably based on your search queries, websites you visit, keywords in posts you make, etc.
I assume that by "good standing" they mean that your account is paid up for the amount of storage you are using.

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