Google is expanding customer access to client-side encryption in Gmail on the web. Know who can apply, other details here.
Google has announced that it is expanding customer access to client-side encryption in Gmail on the web. The use of client-side encryption in Gmail ensures that sensitive data in the email body and attachments is indecipherable by Google’s servers. Customers will be able to retain control over the encryption keys and the identity service to access those keys. “We’re expanding customer access to client-side encryption in Gmail on the web. Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Education Standard customers are eligible to request the beta through January 20, 2022,” he said. Google Workspace in a statement. blog post.
“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 wide range of data sovereignty and compliance needs,” the company added in the blog post.
In particular, client-side encryption is already available in Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Meet, and Google Calendar (beta).
Who can apply?
Google has announced that customers who have Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, or Education Standard can apply for the Gmail Client-Side Encryption (CSE) beta until January 20, 2023.
The feature is not available to users with personal Google accounts or Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline, and Nonprofits, as well as legacy G Suite Basic and Business customers.
According to Google, the client-side encryption feature will be disabled by default. It can be enabled at the domain, organizational unit, and group level. All you need to do is go to Admin console > Security > Data access and control > Client-side encryption.