After what seems like a lifetime, Google’s Gmail will finally be getting a revamp. Alongside an overhaul of the old design, Gmail is rumoured to be introducing a quirky new feature – expiring emails.
From time to time, we all send an email with a bit too much information included or information that perhaps should’ve been sent in a more secure manner. With an expiring email feature, an email can become unreadable after a certain period of time. Upon composing an email, Gmail may be proposing an option called ‘confidential mode’ whereby the author can select the expiration date of the email (for example after 1 day, 1 week etc) and also prevent the recipient from forwarding, copying and pasting, downloading or printing the email content. Emails may also require identity confirmation to open, such as entering a passcode sent via SMS.
The applications for expiring emails are endless, more specifically in a working environment where users can guarantee that sensitive content would be removed after a certain period of time (instead of including a ‘please delete after reading’ note at the end of each email). The feature would require compatibility with other email service providers such as Microsoft Outlook therefore it may take a bit longer to complete development and testing. This feature is already available with ProtonMail between ProtonMail users but will be interesting to see if it works in a real-world environment across different email services. Google will be rolling out the new Gmail design in the next few weeks.
Source: The Verge