Google Testing Self Destructing Email For Gmail

Alyssa Bailey
April 15, 2018

"Confidential Mode" will, for starters, prevent recipients from sharing the email's content.

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A leaked e-mail about the update promises a "fresh, clean look" for Gmail with some new features, including a predictive "smart reply" feature for Gmail's web version.

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Google's Gmail is one of the most popular email services worldwide. 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. An exact launch date for the feature and whether it will be available for non-Gmail users is unclear at this point.

But while the leaked screenshots showed numerous big changes in Gmail, info about a new feature that lets users send self-destructing emails is only starting to trickle out now. The new feature will allow users to set the expiration date. The publication's report notes that email services have to be compatible with multiple email providers and email clients. "But it doesn't seem to be stopping Google as the company is now evolving beyond the simple POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols", the report reads. The receivers will need to log in again in Gmail to access the message. The new mode will also allow senders to restrict the recipient from copying, downloading, or even printing the email. This is because Google is now asking users to confirm their Google account to view the confidential email. There will also be passcodes sent by Google to open emails. Gmail for web hasn't received a major overhaul in years so these new features should be interesting to see. Google has not mentioned end-to-end encryption anywhere, which means the company is most likely to stick with non-encrypted emails. According to TechCrunch, the Confidential Mode feature could be released at the same time or could be delayed to a subsequent update. The researchers behind the project wrote in a blog post; "Our method works on ordinary videos with a single audio track, and all that is required from the user is to select the face of the person in the video they want to hear, or to have such a person be selected algorithmically based on context".

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