Google has revealed that it will add full encryption to its web-based email service, Gmail. The functionality, which enables individuals to receive and reply to encrypted emails both within and beyond their domain, was announced in a blog post as being in beta.
Known as client-side encryption, the new functionality is being touted by the tech giant as a means to keep Google servers from being able to decrypt any critical information included inside an email’s body or contents. Clients may keep ownership of both their encryption keys and their identity service.
“Google Workspace already uses the latest cryptographic standards to encrypt all data at rest and in transit between our facilities. Client-side encryption helps strengthen the confidentiality of your data while helping to address a broad range of data sovereignty and compliance needs,” Google revealed in a blog post.
Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Calendar, Google Slides, and Google Meet all have client-side encryption available to users. Users with an Education Plus, Enterprise Plus, or Education Standard Google Workspace license may use this additional functionality. Google has announced that it will accept applications for its beta program through January 2023.
When Will It Be Available
Individuals with personal Google accounts, Google Workspace Essentials, etc., do not currently have access to this service. The new function will likely be made available to the public later in 2023.
Google’s list of features it wants beta testers to try includes the following.
- Discuss sensitive company matters in an encrypted forum.
- Communicate with people outside of your organization through email.
- Distribute electronic signatures to other parties.
- Emails may be quoted and received from different email clients.
- Add an attachment.
- Include a picture in your post
- Emails should be forwarded
- Keep private drafts safe by encrypting them.
Those who are keen to participate in the beta may do so via the Google website.