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Internet users have been depending on VPN data encryption to help secure their online activities. But this does not secure the user data that Internet companies store on their servers. Edward Snowden has been promoting encryption as the cure for NSA spying. It is fitting that on the anniversary of the Snowden revelations, the big Internet companies have begun implementing encryption techniques to secure user data. With both online data encryption and VPN data encryption, Internet users can block NSA attempts to invade privacy.
Closing the Gap of VPN Data Encryption
Internet security experts and privacy advocates have put a lot of time and effort into researching solutions for Internet privacy. NSA spying and the intelligence activities of other governments have fueled this endeavor. Internet privacy is a very complex issue because there are so many ways to access data online. But they have identified the points of access and offered advice on how to close those doors. One popular solution is the use of VPN data encryption and private tunneling to secure online communications. This is easy enough for almost any user to implement. But it is not enough because of the large amounts of data that they lose control over once it is online.
To close the circle and secure data from all access points, Internet companies have to do their part. The experts have in so many words declared that Internet companies are the weakest link in the chain. These companies store a lot of user data. The user data that they aggregate is very attractive to the intelligence community. There is a lot of it, all in one place. And by failing to properly secure this data, they are allowing the NSA to access it. Hearing this and taking it in, Google has taken the initiative to begin supplementing VPN data encryption with server and service data encryption.
Google began the process of providing better encryption for users with their plan to encrypt global searches. This was seen as more of a way to defeat censorship of Google search results. But it is also a way for users to take advantage of anonymity without the element o censorship. Since then Google has expanded their efforts to other areas. And they are working faster to get everything set up to defeat NSA surveillance efforts.
All in all, the Google encryption efforts are making it less feasible for the NSA and other intelligence agencies to continue mass surveillance. Enhanced security makes it more difficult to gain access to the system. And it also makes it more costly and therefore less attractive. Google’s undersea fiber optic cable will also serve to give Google greater control over data. This means that they have more power to prevent spying. There are other implications of company control over user data, of course. But at least one problem will be solved.
Google was one of the 9 main Internet companies that were shamed this time last year for their willing participation in the NSA spy program. On the anniversary of the revelations, they are turning the tables and taking action against unlawful and secret government surveillance. Three of the other 9 companies, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, are also moving towards similar goals. They are known to be the first companies to have joined the NSA’s PRISM program. It is hoped that the new anti-NSA encryption standards will also be applied to YouTube, now under Google, and Skype, from Microsoft. AOL, Apple, Dropbox and PalTalk have yet to take a stand.
After the Snowden documents revealed some of the tech companies that had struck data sharing agreements with them, these companies began to feel the backlash of the loss of consumer trust. They cooperated for years with the NSA. Users felt deeply violated and began employing VPN data encryption to keep their information private. But this is not enough because these companies continue to collect user data. As long as they have the data, VPN data encryption cannot stop them from sharing it with government spies. Some countries like Germany and Brazil have already vowed to stop doing business with such companies. This has further prompted them to change their ways.