Google introduces 'Confidential Mode' in its new Gmail design

Nichole Vega
April 15, 2018

TechCrunch, who received the information from a tipster with early access, points out this could be a ploy to get more Gmail users' phone numbers. In addition, users will be able to set an expiration date on sent email.

It's no secret that Gmail is getting a redesign, but it looks like some new non-visual features may also be inbound. Unless protection is offered against the incredibly simple process of taking a screenshot of any supposedly confidential mail, the whole feature might well be useless, and will simply protect against inbox searches post the expiry of the email.

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.

Mr Justice Warby said the businessmen, who can not be named for legal reasons, complained of results returned by Google Search that feature links to third-party reports about their convictions. Working on an email service is hard as you have to be compatible with all sorts of 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. Once turned on for a specific message, the user won't be able to copy, download, forward, or even print it. If your boss asks if you've completed one of your Google tasks, you can scroll through those without closing the email. There's also an option for a two-factor ID with messages requiring a key separately sent via SMS to open. When it expires, it is automatically deleted from the inbox and the sender's inbox. Delving further into the redesign we find that there are new features, including self-destructing emails. Google has not mentioned end-to-end encryption anywhere, which means the company is most likely to stick with non-encrypted emails. It's likely that the Confidential Mode will be available along with Smart Reply and Snooze features when it starts to roll out. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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