Google has enabled client-side encryption (CSE) on a limited scale for the Google Workspace tools Gmail and Calendar. The functionality should give end users of the productivity services more control over who can view sensitive (e-mail) communications and schedules.

The recently added encryption functionality for the tools is an extension of the existing CSE encryption offered by the tech giant for the productivity suite. With the new functionality, data is first encrypted on the end user’s device, then sent to Google via HTTPS. The data can only be decrypted on an endpoint that has the same encryption key as the sender. This keeps the data encrypted and unreadable to malicious Google users or cybercriminals who manage to attack the tech giant’s servers.

For stricter compliance requirements

With the functionality, Google is targeting companies that have strict compliance requirements. With CSE, they gain more control over the data stored within the tech giant’s productivity suite. Also, the encryption technology makes it easier for end users to decrypt data for sharing and collaborating with it.

CSE is available immediately for Google Workspace business paid subscriptions Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Standard and Education Plus. CSE is already available within Google Workspace for several business services, including Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets and Meet.

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