Google will automatically encrypt cloud data in response to NSA anxiety

Google Cloud Storage — a non-consumer service used by companies like Ubisoft, Rovio, Best Buy, and others for storing content— will for the first time automatically encrypt its users’ data. The move is intended to protect, companies developers, and ultimately your data from prying eyes, utilizing the128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Under the new system, data will be encrypted on Google’s end “before it’s written to disk.” Google tells us that the keys to unlock this encryption are managed using the same systems Google uses for its data. User data and metadata is encrypted using a unique key, which is then encrypted using a second key associated with the data owner, which is in turn encrypted using a “regularly rotated”…

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