(The Hosting News) – Google has encrypted its data at its data center facilities after the outcry over Edward Snowden’s NSA spying leaks.
The tech giant signaled the move in a report from the Washington Post on Friday.
And while the measure initially received a stamp of approval last year, its launch was pushed forward following the PRISM scandal.
The NSA’s PRISM program was alleged to have accessed data from top online services including Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech providers.
The new encryption standards are expected to make government data snooping a lot harder to carry out. However, it’s unlikely that they’ll fully stop it.
In the Washington Post’s report, Google VP of Security Engineering Eric Grosse referred to it as an “arms race.” “We see these government agencies as among the most skilled players in this game,” he continued.
Google operates data centers in the United States, Asia and Europe. In July, the tech giant partnered with other tech providers including Yahoo and Apple to push the U.S. government to be more transparent regarding data requests.