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NSA Fallout: Google Speeds Data Encryption Plans

Google's initiative to encrypt data in its internal data centers will slow -- but not prevent -- sophisticated government hackers from surreptitiously monitoring traffic

In the wake of leaked documents offering new details about the National Security Agency's surveillance capabilities, Google has accelerated plans to encrypt all traffic flowing between its data centers.

The move isn't aimed at resisting government-ordered requests for information about Google's users, or data that Google stores, with which the company must legally comply. Rather, the initiative is aimed at making it more difficult for government intelligence agencies -- or anyone else -- to surreptitiously eavesdrop on data handled by Google.

"It's an arms race," Eric Grosse, VP for security engineering at Google, Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

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