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Update to Google Drive Trash Retention Policy


Starting October 13, 2020, Google is changing the retention policy for items in the Trash folder in Google Drive. With this new policy, any file that is put into Google Drive trash will be automatically deleted after 30 days. Previously, items in Trash would be retained indefinitely until emptied manually.

Any items in Google Drive trash on October 13, 2020, will remain there for 30 days. After the 30-day period, files that have been in Trash for longer than 30 days will begin to be automatically deleted. This change affects items that are trashed from any device and any platform. Items in Trash will continue to consume storage space.

Google is making this update to match the policies of other G Suite products and services, and it applies to all G Suite customers. This change will help ensure a consistent experience across the G Suite apps. For questions about Cornell G Suite accounts, contact the IT Service Desk.

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