Attention Gmail users: your emails might 'self-destruct' soon

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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. "But it doesn't seem to be stopping Google as the company is now evolving beyond the simple POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols", TechCrunch reported late on Friday.

Google's Gmail is one of the most popular email services worldwide. Gmail's expiring email will essentially become unreadable after some time. According to a new leak, Google is also working on a new feature that will enable users to send emails which expire after a specified time, a Self Destructing Email. There also appears to be a self-destruct button of sorts, via a customizable expiration date that allows the user to send the email into the ether after a time period of the user's choosing-whether that's a week, month, or even a few years. 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. Now while the recipient of the email will not be allowed to copy and paste the content, some testers have found no issues in taking screenshots of the email, so it doesn't guarantee total privacy. Those that receive a confidentially configured message have to follow a link to access it and sign in to their account again.

As of now, there is no information about this feature being available to non-Gmail users.

While Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Oracle are viewed as the major contenders for the job, Google's employees have voiced concern about creating products for the US government.




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. When it expires, it is automatically deleted from the inbox and the sender's inbox.

The new Gmail design is now being tested inside of Google and with trusted partners.

End-to-end encryption is also not mentioned by Google anywhere.

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