Google announced on Thursday it is bolstering encrypting its Gmail system to stop unwarranted snooping, by using https instead of http. http://gmailblog.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/staying-at-forefront-of-email-security.html. Https is more secure than http, but still flawed, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation has reported: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/10/how-secure-https-today (note the EFF story is https, but the Google Blog is on http – ?!)
Still, a valiant move by Google nonetheless, moving to https having become “a top priority after last summer’s revelations,” alluding to the NSA’s capers, but not mentioning the NSA specifically … because they can’t stop the NSA or any US spies from delving. Not least because that’s what they do for a living, but because the Patriot Act demands US firms hand over all data accrued from beyond the US to the spooks for free.
That doesn’t apply to US citizens, though, *phew*. But so what? Is the timing of Google’s statement just to distract away from a class action lawsuit that was brought against Google for violating the privacy of Gmail, a suit that only this week was thwarted in the courts? http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/19/google-wont-face-class-action-lawsuit-over-email-privacy-violations/
In any case, as Google has done a lot of business with the NSA and others, setting up Intellipedia for one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellipedia. Would Google really jeopardise its well-paid relationship with the spies by making their job harder? Could it if it wanted to?