This announcement was made at Google Cloud Next ‘22. Visit the Cloud Blog to learn more about the latest Google Workspace innovations for the ever-changing world of work.
In 2021, we announced Google Workspace Client-side encryption to help customers strengthen the confidentiality of their data while helping to address a broad range of data sovereignty and compliance requirements.
Since then, we’ve made this feature available for Google Meet, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, with support for multiple file types including Office files, PDFs, and more. Today, we’re happy to announce the beta for Client-side encryption for Google Calendar. When using Client-side encryption for Calendar events, your event description, attachments, and Meet data is indecipherable to Google servers. You have control over encryption keys and the identity service to access those keys.
Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Education Standard customers are eligible to apply for the beta here until November 11, 2022.
Admins and end users
Why it’s important
Google Workspace already uses the latest cryptographic standards to encrypt all data at rest and in transit between our facilities. With Client-side encryption, we’re taking this a step further by giving customers direct control of encryption keys and the identity provider used to access those keys. This can help you strengthen the confidentiality of your data while helping to address a broad range of data sovereignty and compliance needs.
When using Client-side encryption, your event description, attachments, and Meet data is indecipherable to Google. You can create a fundamentally stronger privacy posture, whether that’s to help your organization comply with regulations like ITAR and CJIS or simply to better protect the privacy of your confidential data.
- Admins: This feature will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the domain, OU, and Group levels by going to the Admin console > Security > Access and data control > Client-side encryption. Visit the Help Center to learn more about client side encryption.
- End users:
- You will need to be logged in with your Identity Provider to have access to encrypted content.
- To add encryption to any event in Calendar, click on the shield icon at the top of the event creation card. This will add encryption to event description, attachments, and Meet, while other items such as event tile, time, and guests remain on standard encryption.
- Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Plus, and Education Standard customers
- Not available to 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
- Not available to users with personal Google Accounts