Google to Introduce Self-destructing Email Feature in Gmail

Google to Introduce Self-destructing Email Feature in Gmail

Google to Introduce Self-destructing Email Feature in Gmail

Other features said to be on the cusp of debuting include a "snooze" option that lets users temporarily send emails back out of their inbox until they're ready to deal with them, as well as a "smart reply" feature for the web version of Gmail that automatically suggests boilerplate email responses; this option is already available for mobile. It is still not clear whether the Gmail service users will be able to send the confidential/self-destructing emails to the other email platforms or not. The new feature will allow users to set the expiration date.

Earlier this week, we reported that Google was about to give Gmail a well-needed facelift. The Verge notes, though, that recipients will still be able to take screenshots or photos of these confidential emails.

The JEDI cloud contract aims to fully integrate all military services, but Google employees could have similar concerns about what the technology ultimately helps the military accomplish. That's right, Google is taking a page out of the "Mission Impossible" playbook with this feature, which should be helpful when sending sensitive or confidential information over email that could potentially end up in the wrong hands.

The new "confidential mode" button, as demonstrated by the text just above it in the screenshot, prevents emails from being forwarded, downloaded, copy/pasted, or printed.

According to leaked images, the confidential mode will work even with third-party email clients like "ProtonMail". The new design is said to also come with a feature that would ensure only the recipient can view an e-mail and that too for a specific period of time. Notably, it looks like recipients of the confidential email will have to log into their Google accounts once again to read the email. If your boss asks if you've completed one of your Google tasks, you can scroll through those without closing the email.

The company will be going a step further and adding the ability for users to require a passcode to open an email, which will be sent by SMS. Google has not mentioned end-to-end encryption anywhere, which means the company is most likely to stick with non-encrypted emails.

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