The Washington Post is reporting that Google will begin the process of encrypting all search data on their servers over the next few months, launching the extra layer of protection completely free of charge to anyone and everyone who uses the site for their daily inquiries and random inquisitions.
The company has openly stated the program is in direct response to the allegations of massive spying and surveillance on behalf of the United States and British governments, in a scandal that continues to get worse by the day.
This not only throws a massive wrench into the NSA’s surveillance network, it also calls practices like China’s Great Firewall into question for who gets the final say on the information the people of their nation have access to.
Though the plans are to eventually encrypt searches from every corner of the earth without discrimination for borders or language barriers, the Post reports that the extra security precautions are already being rolled out in China as the ultimate testing ground for their encryption technologies and capabilities.
Many believe the search giant’s motivation behind the move could have something to do with negotiations that fell through on several occasions back in 2010, many of which were held over the nature of what content would and wouldn’t be visible to the people of the communist-run nation via Google’s treasure trove of unlimited data.
“The revelations of this past summer underscored our need to strengthen our networks. Among the many improvements we’ve made in recent months is to encrypt Google Search by default around the world,” a Google spokesperson told the Post. “This builds on our work over the past few years to increase the number of our services that are encrypted by default and encourage the industry to adopt stronger security standards.”