Following the most recent revelations on government surveillance, Google will start encrypting searches. It seems that the company aims to protect users against hackers and government surveillance.
The attempt to make the searches of users more private has already started in China, this being just the first step that the company makes to improve information security. The last surveillance reports in the United States have made both Google and Facebook react.
“The revelations of this past summer underscored our need to strengthen our networks. Among the many improvements we’ve made in recent months is to encrypt Google Search by default around the world,” a spokesperson for Google claimed according to the Washington Post.
“This builds on our work over the past few years to increase the number of our services that are encrypted by default and encourage the industry to adopt stronger security standards,” it added during the same statement.
Until now, the company has made no revelations on the schedule it will adopt to introduce the encrypted search results. The first introduction of encrypted search results in China actually is a shot that Google takes at the Chinese authorities after the demands of the government for the company to send users only to sites approved by them.
However, Google has already claimed that they will not only focus their attention on China, but this will become soon a global campaign. This development from Google is the latest and probably the most unexpected one following the release of the newest documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
These latest documents reveal how the National Security Agency has used various hacking methods to access user data. Google is not the only company which has reacted and which seems interested in investing in encryption. It seems that the reason why companies have hurried so much to react is actually linked to the fact that mass surveillance makes people trust less their services and their ability to protect their data.
The Washington Post reported that Chinese authorizes have not responded to the questions regarding Google’s decision until now. Analysts say that Google’s step is extremely important and maybe others will follow its actions.