Google's Redesign of Gmail to Include a 'Confidential Mode'

Mindy Sparks
April 15, 2018

The new feature will allow users to set the expiration date. The service has a web client as well as apps for Android and iOS.

Today, we're learning that Google is looking to add a new feature to Gmail: self-destructing emails.

Now Google will also introduce Gmail Confidential Mode in order to let users stop recipients from forwarding certain emails, or restricts the ability to copy, download, or print them. "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.

TechCrunch says that it is unclear if this new feature will work with emails sent to non-Gmail users.


TechCrunch states that the feature isn't ready yet, as their source arrived at a non-existent page after clicking on the "Learn more" option to open Google's help articles.

Moreover, Gmail will also allow you to set a deadline for certain emails, which, when reached, will trigger the automatic complete deletion of the chosen emails. "Confidential Mode" will, for starters, prevent recipients from sharing the email's content.

As of now, it's unknown whether the feature is going to be compatible with non-Gmail users. Earlier this year Google disclosed cloud revenue figures for the first time, saying that the company is making $1 billion in revenue a quarter from the combined G Suite and Google Cloud Platform businesses. Users will be able to select a date when the email will expire, after which the receiver will no longer be able to see the email.

The recipients of those confidential emails will simply receive a link to their Gmail account. On the other hand, Google generates an email with a link in Gmail's current implementation. In addition to that, it will also let you secure emails by enabling password protection which will be automatically generated through SMS. The Verge notes, though, that recipients will still be able to take screenshots or photos of these confidential emails.

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