TECHNOLOGY- Google’s email service will soon introduce a self-destruct option which will make inbox messages inaccessible after a fixed time period.
These measures are part of Google’s efforts to toughen data privacy laws.
Apart from the self-destruct option, a new ‘Confidential mode’ will stop recipients to being easily able to forward, copy, download or print correspondence sent via Gmail.
About the new features, Chris Green of tech consultancy Lewis said, “This isn't unique. Other platforms, like Microsoft Exchange, let you use plug-ins to do something similar.
"But none of the cloud-based mail services have offered these data protection features until now, so they are quite distinctive in that respect."
The new features are already available to users via their settings menu.