Google says that accounts will only be targeted if they have not been used for two years or a user exceeds their storage limit for two years.
new alert has been issued in an email, which explains that Google's new storage
policies will be coming into force from next year.
This year, Google announced a new policy regarding online storage. The free and unlimited offer on Google Photos will disappear. Mountain View will also reserve the right to delete your data on Gmail, Drive or Photos.
A few weeks ago, Google announced important changes in its online storage policy. Among these changes is the end of unlimited and free storage on Google Photos. When the Mountain View company launched this application, one of its main advantages was that it allowed you to store as many photos as you wanted, as long as you agreed that Google could compress the images.
But as of June 1, storage will no longer be free and unlimited. Also, once the 15 GB offered by Google is exceeded, you will have to pay for additional storage.
Soon, a hunt for inactive accounts and those who have exceeded the storage limit
And that's not all. Google is also going to hunt for inactive accounts or those that have exceeded the free storage offered and have not subscribed to a plan to have more space in the cloud.
And if the new rules don't come into effect until 2021, the Mountain View firm has already started to warn users who might be affected. Google has sent an email to users of Google Drive, Google Photos and Gmail explaining that they could lose their files stored in the cloud. if you are inactive on these products for two years.
In this mail, Google reminds that under its new policy that will come into effect on June 1st, if a person is inactive for 2 years on Gmail, Drive or Photos, files can be deleted on products on which the user was inactive. However, this does not affect those who have paid storage via Google One. In addition, if for a period of two years, a user exceeds the storage limit that is available, the same sanctions can be applied.
Penalties that will fall from 2023 if you do nothing
But Google reassures its users. The users concerned will be warned several times. And the first sanctions will not fall before a long time: in June 2023.
Otherwise, concerning the storage of images on Google Photos, the Mountain View firm explains:
"To facilitate this transition, we will exempt all the high-quality photos and videos that you save before June 1st. This includes all high quality photos and videos you currently store with Google Photos. Most people who back up in high quality should have years before they have to take action. In fact, we estimate that 80% of you should be at least three years old before you reach 15 GB. »
If you decide to switch to another service, then you will most likely need to retrieve all of your data and send it to your new storage space. This choice makes perfect sense: find out how you can change your photo and video storage service by exporting data from Google Photos.