Gmail is testing sending confidential emails that automatically expire

Posted April 15, 2018

From what we know so far, the new Gmail for web users will get smart replies, a feature already available on the mobile app, a new sidebar, the ability to snooze emails and three new layouts, among other things.

As of now, it's unknown whether the feature is going to be compatible with non-Gmail users. The addition of Confidential Mode will grant users greater control over the emails they send, giving them the option of adding password protection to a message so they can not be opened by unauthorized people.

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Google is reportedly working on an overhaul of Gmail for web which will see a new design along with several new features, including a Confidential Mode. However, when it expires the email will disappear from the inbox. The tech giant confirmed that it's working on new design for its most popular email service.

The initial purge of search results applied to Google's local search pages covering the EU's 28 member nations and four other European countries, encompassing more than 500 million people.

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In response to the outcry, the head of the Google's cloud division said the company would establish a code of ethics to "guide the company's use of its technology and products", according to a report from Defense One. In the compose window of Gmail, there is a small lock icon named "Confidential Mode", which states that the email recipient won't be able to forward email content, copy and paste, download or print the email. Recipients will then receive an e-mail that requires them to click a link and input their Google credentials to view the e-mail. The user will also be able to set password requirement, where the recipient has to confirm their identity via a code/OTP sent to the recipient as a text message to access the email. This is because Google is now asking users to confirm their Google account to view the confidential email. Alongside the "self-destructing" feature Google will also allow the users to establish two-factor authentications by adding a passcode which will be generated by Google for private messages.

Gmail is getting a new look-and some new features-when the next update rolls out in a few weeks. TechCrunch's report notes that a confidential message doesn't have to be encrypted, which means that it's likely that Google can still see the content of the email. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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