Reportedly Gmail is testing confidential emails that expire automatically

Doug Carpenter
April 14, 2018

In addition, users will be able to set an expiration date on sent email.

"You'll soon be able to send expiring emails". According to new reports by TechCrunch, the email service will receive an improved design and look, which seem to be aimed at achieving a better sense of minimalism. 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. While ProtonMail deletes the message completely after a certain amount of time, Google sends a link to the message in the email which becomes inaccessible after a certain amount of time - leaving the intermediate email in the inbox. The company is rumored to be including three layouts, a sidebar to view your calendar or notes, smart replies with prewritten responses and a snooze button to mute email threads until you're written to answer them. Google, if rumors are right, working on enhanced confidential mode, which will allow the recording of the email as well.

Additionally, when viewing a confidential email, Google reportedly disables the ability to copy or print anything in the email - though as the images in TechCrunch's story prove, there's nothing stopping someone from taking a screenshot or even a picture with a nearby smartphone.

Walking on the line of other applications like Snapchat, Line and Signal, Gmail is also devising a feature which will let users draft self-destructing emails. Additionally, the service could let senders an option to ask for recipient's identity with a passcode sent via text message.

The new Gmail is slated to launch within the next few weeks, Google has confirmed.

The men took Google to court when the company refused to remove search results about their convictions, including links to news articles that the businessmen claimed were no longer relevant. On the other hand, Google generates an email with a link in Gmail's current implementation. That means you never have to leave your inbox to create a to-do list or reschedule a meeting. It is unclear if the "confidential" expiring mails will be end-to-end encrypted.

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