Google encrypts data amid backlash against NSA spying

The Washington Post reports: Google is racing to encrypt the torrents of information that flow among its data centers around the world in a bid to thwart snooping by the NSA and the intelligence agencies of foreign governments, company officials said Friday.

The move by Google is among the most concrete signs yet that recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance efforts have provoked significant backlash within an American technology industry that U.S. government officials long courted as a potential partner in spying programs.

Google’s encryption initiative, initially approved last year, was accelerated in June as the tech giant struggled to guard its reputation as a reliable steward of user information amid controversy about the NSA’s PRISM program, first reported in The Washington Post and the Guardian that month. PRISM obtains data from American technology companies, including Google, under various legal authorities.

Encrypting information flowing among data centers will not make it impossible for intelligence agencies to snoop on individual users of Google services, nor will it have any effect on legal requirements that the company comply with court orders or valid national security requests for data. But company officials and independent security experts said that increasingly widespread use of encryption technology makes mass surveillance more difficult — whether conducted by governments or other sophisticated hackers. [Continue reading…]

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  1. Norman

    I read the other day that an encryption using Quantum Mechanics, is unbreakable. This is a first according to the scientist who came up with it. The potential is there to deny snooping. Hope it’s a reality, that is implemented, thereby putting the NSA in its place. Serves then right, in my book. For at the end of the road, the NSA is run by a pervert, who belongs in a padded cell someplace where he can’t harm anyone.

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