Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Leaded Image Reveals New Gmail Design

Leaded Image Reveals New Gmail Design

The tech giant says the new design will include "several new features" that will also be made available to regular Gmail accounts. The mails will have a "confidential mode" lock icon barring recipients to forward their content, copy and paste, download or print them. In addition, users will be able to set an expiration date on sent email. Following the update, you'll be able to set emails you send to "expire" after a certain amount of time. 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 new mode will also allow senders to restrict the recipient from copying, downloading, or even printing the email.

The password-protecting of email is something that will be welcomed by many users, and it is going to be implemented through the use of a code sent out via SMS.

Still, in the wake of data privacy scandals like Facebook's recent Cambridge Analytica incident, it's nice to see companies like Google offering their users extra privacy features.

While these "confidential" emails are hard to forward or copy for the sender, it's important to note that there's no word of end-to-end encryption - suggesting that Google can still read the contents of your emails and comply with law enforcement if they're required to give information from your account - so don't send anything you wouldn't be fine with the authorities seeing. The receivers will need to log in again in Gmail to access the message. The message behind the link disappears after some time, but this doesn't mean that the intermediate email also disappears.

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.

Gmail's redesign will have some other snazzy new features as well. On the other side, the confidentiality of mail content will be protected by a link, which only will be revealed after identity verification. The features "won't stop people from taking a screenshot or a photo of an email", The Verge notes Friday.

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