Google Moves to Take Back the Net from Spying Eyes
News emerged this week that web giant Google is routinely encrypting web searches conducted in China in a move designed to offset the national government’s ability to censor the Internet and track what individuals are viewing. The Google move is part of a global expansion of privacy technology to counter surveillance by government intelligence agencies, police and hackers and is seen as a direct consequence of whistleblower, Edward Snowden’s release last year of US National Security Agency (NSA) documents exposing the extent of government surveillance of the Internet.
Among the many fears Snowden’s leaked revelations have raised is the claim that the NSA and other leading western intelligence agencies are involved in programs to deliberately weaken the Net’s security standards to make it easier for them to break in.
Bruce Schneier is a leading US cryptology expert and Chief Technology Officer at CO3 Systems.
The Daily‘s Kim Williams spoke to him earlier about Google’s latest moves to combat alleged privacy intrusions into the Net.