Google to Thwart NSA Data Spying with Better Encryption Methods

Google to Thwart NSA Data Spying with Better Encryption Methods

It was bad enough to find out about the NSA's PRISM program and all the companies that are involved, but in another blow to privacy, it was recently revealed that the NSA has cracked key encryption algorithms that formerly protected the Internet at large. It's part of the reason why Google is busy building better encryption methods.

Google's proposed plan to better encrypt your data was approved last year, and then accelerated in June to protect its reputation as a reliable and responsible company amid all the PRISM hoopla, The Washington Post reports. At the same time, it's best to temper your expectations of what this means.

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Even with improved encryption, it won't be impossible for the NSA to spy on individual users of Google's services, nor will it prevent Google from having to comply with court orders or national security requests for data. What it will do, however, is make it a little more difficult for the NSA and hackers at large to snoop on large groups all at once, thereby forcing them to narrow their focus on high-priority targets.

"It’s an arms race," said Eric Grosse, vice president for security engineering at Google. "We see these government agencies as among the most skilled players in this game."
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Yeah right...

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This seems like window-dressing for Google to provide encryption - after they copy our contents and give the decoding keys to NSA. And we know that the NSA's philosophy is, "We're hunting terrorists. We don't need no stinking 4th Amendment."

Common sense tells me we need to take matters into our own hands to protect what little is left of our privacy. Encryption won't keep NSA out entirely, but, if we do it ourselves, it will make it harder for them to pick us out of the crowd. Decrypting still takes extra time & effort and that little bit of hassle may be enough to keep their noses out of your business.

The same goes for storing stuff on Dropbox, iCloud, etc. Take it down and stash everything in a CloudLocker (www.cloudlocker.it), which works just the same but it's private and stays in your home where they still need a warrant to see inside.

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