Google Drive: Scheduled Expiration of Sharing

I just came across a setting in the Google Drive sharing settings that allows a person to set an expiration date on a document or folder. The icon looks like a little stop watch and appears when you hover over the area next to the permission level for a person in the list of people with whom the item is shared.

This is a cool feature. This is immediately useful for documents that you only need or want to share with someone for a limited amount of time. I can also see use for this for instructors who want to use this for documents they share with a class of students, revoking access at the end of a term.

In testing I found that:

  • any documents created inside a folder with an expiry set will inherit that setting.
  • the expiry date must be set per person after the document or folder is shared with each person.
It appears that this addition became available in March.  

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