Google to begin encrypting search globally by default

Last year shocking revelations were made when top secret documents were leaked by Edward Snowden. Since then most companies have publicly stated their opposition to state backed spying, Google is one of them. The company says those revelations underscored the need to strengthen its networks, which is why it will be actively encrypting Google Search by default around the globe.

Google has begun routinely encrypting Web searches conducted in China, posing a bold new challenge to that nation’s powerful system for censoring the Internet and tracking what individual users are viewing online. The company says the move is part of a global expansion of privacy technology designed to thwart surveillance by government intelligence agencies, police and hackers who, with widely available tools, can view e-mails, search queries and video chats when that content is unprotected.

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