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    • I know this is a long shot, but this is the only place I know that has some amount of former Google+ users on it. Perhaps someone has an idea about the following:

      Today, I received several mails by Google about their use of personal information in their Gmail, Chat and Meet products. I already know about that - but the weird thing is that this time I didn't receive them for my personal Google account, but for pages (or "brand profiles") I created on Google+ years ago.

      Apparently, these still exist somewhere as a sort of sub-profile of my Google account, with e-mail addresses like <PAGENAME>-####@pages.plusgoogle.com. While Google mails sent to that address are forwarded to my personal inbox, mails I try to send to that address myself are rejected.

      Does anyone know of a way to access and potentially delete these zombie remnants anywhere?

    • I honestly don’t know. I do know Google allowed users to migrate their photos and what not off Google+ if they wanted to and I did that. But I’m not sure about how to access stuff that I too thought was deleted.

    • Thanks, this link in the help page did work: https://myaccount.google.com/brandaccounts

      For what it's worth, I initially tried what they are suggesting:

      - Go to the Google service you want to use.
      - On the top right, tap your Profile picture or initial and then All your Brand Accounts.
      - Choose the account you'd like to use. If your account doesn't show up, the service might not support Brand Accounts.

      in the products they notified me about (Gmail, Meet) - but apparently, those products don't even support brand accounts in the first place. The only product I now could find where that account picker is available is Google Photos.

      I also tried going to https://business.google.com/ and https://myaccount.google.com/, but neither page links to brand pages although they probably should.

    • Quick update of sorts: My NBA blog NBALord.com had a Google+ page called "NBA Lord" before Google+ shut down. I just got an e-mail from Google addressed to "NBA Lord" that was talking about accessing data from those pages or something.

      I too was confused becuase I was thinking "Hey, I thought you guys shut this down."

      Maybe Google is thinking about bringing Google+ back? That's the only thing I can think of, but I don't see that happening.

    • I'm afraid this is probably more a case of Google's left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.

      As I understand it, whenever you created a page on Google+, you basically created a full additional identity, just with its login tied to your personal account. Now that this whole integration across services is a thing of the past, these previously full accounts have become mostly inaccessible garbage in their identity database.

      There are some exceptions, like still being able to store photos in a "brand account" in Google Photos, but I wonder if this is even supposed to still be possible considering that they want to scale down free uploads next year. In any case, it seems to be a bug if they are now contacting these brand accounts to ask for consent, if these accounts can't even use the services in quesion on their own.

      For what it's worth, the mail I received several times now starts like this:

      To give you more control over your information and help support compliance requirements, we are launching two new settings for Gmail, Chat, and Meet. With these settings you can choose how your information is used in Gmail, Chat, and Meet and in other products across Google.

      If you got anything else, I'd be very interested in reading that as well. :)