A little while ago, I posted an entry about Gmail, privacy and data ownership that contained some important things that were news to me.
In the Gmail policy, you can read more about the fate of deleted messages:
You may organize or delete your messages through your Gmail account or terminate your account through the Google Account section of Gmail settings. Such deletions or terminations will take immediate effect in your account view. Residual copies of deleted messages and accounts may take up to 60 days to be deleted from our active servers and may remain in our offline backup systems.
I can’t decide if this quote from the CNET article is reassuring or just funny:
Brad Hill, author of “Google for Dummies,” said there was no cause for alarm.
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