Google Is Rolling Out An Update For Google Workspace; Google Doc

# Google Workspace Update: Client-Side Encryption Introduced in Google Docs Beta

Google has rolled out an update for Google Workspace, introducing new features that enhance user privacy and data protection. The release includes the addition of client-side encryption in Google Docs beta, with plans to extend this capability to Google Sheets and Slides in the future.

➤ Client-Side Encryption Features

With the new client-side encryption capability in Google Docs beta, users can collaborate on encrypted documents, make comments, and designate action items. This open beta feature aims to provide parity with unencrypted documents while ensuring that user data is protected by keys they own for encryption. The rollout is accessible to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, and Education Plus customers, with a gradual deployment starting on January 16, 2024, for Rapid Release domains, and scheduled to end on February 1, 2024, for Slated Release domains.

➤ How to Activate Client-Side Encryption

For administrators looking to activate client-side encryption at the domain, organizational unit (OU), and group levels, the following steps can be followed within the Admin console:

1. Navigate to the Admin console.
2. Select the “Security” option.
3. Choose “Access and Data Control.”
4. Click on “Client-side Encryption.”
5. For additional details on client-side encryption, refer to the Help Center.

➤ Schedule of Rollout

Domains with Rapid Release will gradually receive the update starting on January 16, 2024, with a maximum of 15 days for feature visibility. Release domains are scheduled for a gradual deployment starting on February 1, 2024, with feature visibility extending up to 15 days.

This update marks a significant step in enhancing data security and privacy for Google Workspace users, providing greater control over the encryption of their documents.

➤ FAQs

➤# What is client-side encryption in Google Docs?

Client-side encryption in Google Docs allows users to work together on encrypted documents, ensuring data protection through user-owned encryption keys. It provides parity with unencrypted documents while ensuring user data privacy.

➤# Which Google Workspace customers can access the client-side encryption update?

The update is accessible to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, and Education Plus customers.

➤# Can client-side encryption be activated at different levels in the Admin console?

Yes, administrators can activate client-side encryption at the domain, organizational unit (OU), and group levels within the Admin console.

➤# When is the rollout of client-side encryption scheduled for Google Workspace domains?

The rollout for client-side encryption began on January 16, 2024, for Rapid Release domains and is scheduled to end on February 1, 2024, for Slated Release domains.

➤ Conclusion

With the introduction of client-side encryption in Google Docs beta, Google Workspace is taking significant steps to enhance data protection and user privacy. The rollout of this feature represents a positive development for organizations and users seeking greater control over document encryption and data security within the Workspace environment.

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For detailed information, visit the [official Help Center](https://support.google.com/a/answer/9487857?hl=en).

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