Upcoming Gmail redesign will also herald the arrival of self-destructing emails

Now, TechCrunch has reported on a new feature in the new Gmail: the ability to send confidential emails that expire.

Gmail will reportedly offer a feature that will allow users to set a self-destruction time when the message they send will no longer be viewable by the recipient, according to TechCrunch. The one who won requested Google to remove news reports and other information about a crime he committed ten years ago for which he served six months in jail.

Google is preparing to give Gmail a makeover, but the revamp may include more than just new layouts.

The new Gmail is also expected to feature offline storage, meaning users can save their emails to their computer or local storage device.

The new Gmail also lets you choose between a few different display modes.

The new gmail replaces the cozy setting with a new mode simply labeled "default" which highlights attachments within your messages.

On that list is a new sidebar, which will allow Gmail to integrate other Google services more readily.

Apparently, while Google's self-expiring emails aren't encrypted, users will have the option of confirming the recipient's identity by entering a person's phone number and sending a passcode in a text message. A user can set the expiration date for the email following which the mail would be deleted at the time set by the user.

When composing an email it appears users will be able to click a lock that prevents the contents of said communication being forwarded, copied, pasted, printed or downloaded.

Google will hold this year's I/O developer conference from May 8 to May 10. The Verge notes, though, that recipients will still be able to take screenshots or photos of these confidential emails.

Google seems not in a mood of relenting while introducing privacy features.

As of now, there is no information about this feature being available to non-Gmail users. The judge added that the plaintiff has show remorse for his actions, and the offense was also relatively minor.

Supporters point out that the court specified Google should not remove links to information when the public's right to know about it outweighs an individual's right to privacy - for example when a politician or public figure seeks to clean online records.

  • Arturo Norris