Deleting Accounts And Google Docs

Each Google Doc has an owner.  The owner can share the document with others inside and outside of their organization with Edit and View privileges.  If the owner’s Google Apps account is deleted their respective documents are deleted as well.  This is part of Google’s Privacy Policy.  They give a warning before deleting an account, a warning in a yellow box, with red and black letters stating:

“Are you sure you want to delete selected users?
ALL data in these user accounts will be lost, including emails, contacts, and any created documents shared with others.

The best practice to retain the documents is to transfer ownership of the Google Docs before terminating the account.  This can be done by designating a new owner from each document or for Editors and Viewers of the documents to make a copy of the documents in their own Google Docs repository.

The world of collaboration is powerful, yet when multiple stakeholders are involved, the logic needs to be appreciated.

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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