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Google is encrypting search globally -- bad for China and the NSA
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Thad Floryan
2014-03-17 09:26:18 UTC
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A correspondent just emailed me this URL:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/12/google-is-encrypting-search-worldwide-thats-bad-for-the-nsa-and-china/

The article begins:

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.

China's Great Firewall, as its censorship system is known, has long
intercepted searches for information it deemed politically sensitive.
Google's growing use of encryption there means that government monitors
are unable to detect when users search for sensitive terms, such as
"Dalai Lama" or "Tiananmen Square," because the encryption makes them
appear as indecipherable strings of numbers and letters.

China -- and other nations, such as Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, that
censor the Internet on a national level -- will still have the option of
blocking Google search services altogether. But governments will have
more difficulty filtering content for specific search terms. They also
will have more trouble identifying which people are searching for
information on sensitive subjects, experts say.

The development is the latest -- and perhaps most unexpected --
consequence of Edward Snowden’s release last year of National Security
Agency documents detailing the extent of government surveillance of the
Internet. Google and other technology companies responded with major
new investments in encryption worldwide.

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Thad
David Kaye
2014-03-17 19:14:47 UTC
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Post by Thad Floryan
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.
They already do it here, making stat engines worthless when trying to find
out how people discovered your website.

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