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Google will soon bring end-to-end encryption to Gmail on the web


Tech giant Google has announced that it is bringing end-to-end encryption to Gmail on web browsers. Currently in beta, users will be able to send and receive encrypted email within your domain and outside of your domain. According to Google, email content and attachments, including inline images, will be end-to-end encrypted.

“Google Workspace used the latest encryption standards to encrypt all data stored and transmitted between our facilities. Client-side encryption enhances the security of your data while helping to address many data sovereignty and compliance needs,” the company said in a blog post.

In case you don’t know, client-side encryption is available on Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Meet and Google Calendar (experimental) for quite some time

Who can apply?

Google says customers with Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus or Education Standard can sign up Gmail client-side cryptographic beta (CSE). Applications for the beta program are open until January 2023. Users will be required to submit their Gmail CSE Beta Test App which will have information such as including email address, project ID and test team domain experience.

This feature is not yet available to users with a Personal Google Account or Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, and former G Suite Basic and Business customers. . Google says that it will roll out the public release at a later date in 2023.

Google says that client-side encryption will be disabled by default. You can enable this feature at the domain, organizational unit, and Group levels by navigating through the Admin Console > Security > Data and Access Control > Client-Side Encryption.

In other news, Google is getting ready to add its Gmail and Calendar apps to WearOS, 9to5Google reports. This means that these apps will soon be available on Google smartwatches like the Watch4, Watch5, Pixel Watch, and some other Wear OS smartwatches. The report adds that the tech company is currently testing two apps on its own Pixel Watch. In addition, it can be added to some other Wear OS smartwatches.

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