Google racing to encrypt data transfers in response to NSA surveillance

Google is stepping up efforts to encrypt information flowing between its own data centers as a response to surveillance programs waged by the NSA and other intelligence agencies around the world. “It’s an arms race,” Eric Grosse, Google’s vice president for security engineering, tells The Washington Post. “We see these government agencies as among the most skilled players in this game.” The disclosure of the security effort, which has been going on for about a year, comes amid reports that the NSA can get around most common encryption methods.

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