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Google Claims it Will Now Encrypt All Search Data – Do You Believe Them?

21st Century Wire says…

The headlines read, “Google to encrypt searches, aims to foil NSA and China”. Really?

Google aims to foil the NSA… now that sure sounds great, but beyond the flowery headlines, that’s pretty hard to believe considering how from the beginning, Google’s financial and boardroom links to the NSA, CIA, DARPA, and Bilderberg have defined its ‘higher purpose’ as the data infrastructure of choice which the general populace works through.

From a PR standpoint, it’s a no-brainer that Google and other big players who dominate the global user base – have to clean up their public image and repair trust issues by simply releasing grandiose statements in their corporate press releases.

China is always a great media buzzword, but post-Snowden, Americans no longer see China as the evil neighbor, rather, as our Orwellian brothers and sisters.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s made a grand pledge recently that Google would use encryption in order “to counter internet censorship”.

“I believe there’s a real chance that we can eliminate censorship and the possibility of censorship in a decade”, said Schmidt.

This is the same Eric Schmidt who meets in secret with two hundred other global luminaries every year in June at the Bilderberg Summit to chart humanities course for the coming year. There is no transparency with Bilderberg’s agenda, so it’s highly doubtful that Schmidt’s Google would be transparent either.

What more likely here, is that Google will provide encryption, but they will still analysis the raw data and players like the NSA will be given (or will take) the encryption keys. Just a minor formality at the end of the day.

Bottom line: because of the collusion between firms like Google, Facebook and Microsoft – the trust is gone.

Until the NSA is scrapped and firms like Google have to sign public charters guarranteeing compliance to Americans’ Bill of Rights, then it’s just more of the same.

Google is encrypting search globally. That’s bad for the NSA and China’s censors.


Craig Timberg and JIa Lynn Yang

Washington Post

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…

Continue this story at Washington Post

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  • John Fah-q Smith

    I have been encrypting my google searches for years. set newtabs in Firefox to http://www.google.com, and your home page too, on your Androids, and PCs. Can you even do that on iPhruity devices?

    IF YOU SEARCH FROM THAT ADDRESS BAR, IT IS PROBABLY SENT VIA PLAIN TEXT, NOT ENCRYPTED.

    Use this Google SSL add-on and remove other searches from Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/google-ssl-search/

  • Chad

    And he’s getting the encryption program from.. the NSA for half price!

  • abinico

    They will only be allowed to use encryption that the NSA/CIA can easily break.

  • jj

    darpa search engine on humans. that’s all it is, recording every click of the keyboard.

  • Priests Are Diddlers

    Hey, NSA, go fuck yourself.

  • Hypertiger

    1969 – Birth of a Network

    “The Internet as we know it today, in the mid-1990s, traces it origins back to a Defense Department project in 1969. The subject of the project was wartime digital communications. At that time the telephone system was about the only theater-scale communications system in use. A major problem had been identified in its design – its dependence on switching stations that could be targeted during an attack. Would it be possible to design a network that could quickly reroute digital traffic around failed nodes? A possible solution had been identified in theory. That was to build a “web” of datagram network, called an “catenet”, and use dynamic routing protocols to constantly adjust the flow of traffic through the catenet. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched the DARPA Internet Program.”

    “Full-spectrum dominance is a military entity’s achievement of control over all dimensions of the battlespace, effectively possessing an overwhelming diversity of resources in such areas as terrestrial, aerial, maritime, subterranean, extraterrestrial, psychological, and bio- or cyber-technological warfare.”

    I created Hypertiger in 1988…to help build and put into your hands…the tool you play with like a toy

    Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former contractor for the United States government who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without prior authorization. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.

    Snowden was 5 years old

    So far he has not reveled anything new to me

    The instant the Internet was turned on…It was checkmate

    “The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. ”–Zbigniew Brzezinski…Between Two Ages: The Technetronic Era, 1971.