cross-posted at https://support.google.com/accounts/thread/78125050
I deleted all my photos, videos, and albums from Google Photos, then I tried downloading my data with Google Takeout. The archive still includes Google Photos data. Does the data take a while to actually get deleted? I haven't had this issue with YouTube data (I deleted it and it is no longer present in archives I download with Google Takeout).
I'm curious how this actually works under the hood, as much as anyone knows and can talk about. I assume Google is secretive about how and where they store our data. That's part of the reason I deleted my photos: I want to be responsible for my own data (a massive undertaking and a story for another time and place).
I know I can just de-select Google Photos to exclude them from the Takeout archive.
I searched around a bit and couldn't find the answer. I'll try another creating another Takeout archive in a while and will check if it that one includes Google Photos data I tried to delete.
I did empty my trash in Google Photos--this didn't make any difference (yet).