Google has announced that the company plans to delete accounts that have been inactive for two years, along with related data in Google Workspace. That means the new policy will affect accounts and data in Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, and Calendar, as well as YouTube and Google Photos.

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The new technology uses your device biometrics (either your fingerprint or your face) or its pin to confirm it’s you signing in. It basically allows using your device instead of a password for authentication.

This decision is part of the tech giant's efforts to strengthen the security of its huge user base. Under the previous policy, Google could only delete data stored in accounts that haven't been active for at least two years.

To keep your account active, you can use it in any Google service at least once every two years. For example, you can simply use Google search, watch a video on YouTube, download an app on the Google Play Store, or check your email.

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SafeSearch will soon become the default setting for all users, even if they don’t have the SafeSearch filtering technology turned on. Before this change, the filter was already enabled by default for signed-in users under 18.

The company will begin removing inactive accounts gradually. Although Google's updated policy has already gone into effect, the actual deletion of accounts is scheduled to begin this December. Accounts that have been created and never used will be deleted first.

Also, before deleting accounts, the company will send notifications to the user's primary and recovery email addresses over the months leading up to deletion. The changes will only apply to personal accounts.