Google has announced that it will soon add end-to-end encryption to its email service – Gmail, which will provide users with another layer of data security.
Encrypted email is currently in beta and is limited to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and regular Education accounts. Those interested in using the service will need to register for the Client Side Encryption (CSE) beta and fill out an application. The deadline for applications is January 20, 2023.
As reported by Bleeping Computer, CSE was already available to users on Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Meet, and Google Calendar.
Once activated, Gmail will begin encrypting data in the email body and attachments, including embedded images. However, email headers, timestamps, and recipient lists will not be encrypted.
You’ll also be able to toggle CSE for individual emails by clicking the lock icon next to the “recipients” field.
This feature is currently not available to users with “Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits accounts, or older G Suite Basic and Business accounts.” It is also not yet available to users of personal Google accounts.
“Client-side encryption helps strengthen the confidentiality of your data while helping to address a wide range of data sovereignty and compliance needs,” Google said in a blog post announcing the beta.