NFOIC requests Google disable Gmail ‘self-destructing’ feature for government communiqués

The National Freedom of Information Council is urging Google to disable its new self-destruct feature for government emails, fearing it will thwart efforts to retrieve public records. The feature, added on April 25, allows users to send “confidential mode” emails that disappears after a set time limit. The emails also can’t be forwarded, and they can be “unsent.” In a letter written Friday to Google CEO Sundar Pochai, NFOIC President Malcolm J. Leary writes the “potential for abuse is astounding.”

 

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