On Friday, Google told The Washington Post that it was accelerating implementation of end-to-end encryption between its data centers worldwide.
The search giant did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Ars.
“Google has data centers around the world and when you have an e-mail stored, it’s stored at [something like] six data centers around the world,” Chris Soghoian, a privacy expert at the American Civil Liberties Union, told Ars. “Every single bit of data is now going to be encrypted, so now if the government is listening to that fiber, they won’t get that data.”
It will not prevent snooping if the NSA absolutely want to get in but will prevent any sort of casual collection.
Of course, Apple announced this back in June.