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March 16, 2016

Google Report Shows 77 Per Cent of User Data is Encrypted

Google is currently encrypting about 77 per cent of its online activity, and is pushing for that number to reach 100 per cent in the near future.

In a newly published transparency report, Google breaks down its encryption numbers by product, country and device to show users how much of their online activity is protected from hackers.

Encryption is a security measure used by companies that works by encoding information sent across the web to ensure that only authorized parties have access to it.

Google’s intent is to eventually encrypt all data and information throughout all of its services, but points out in its report that the process isn’t a simple one, citing old hardware and lack of support from other countries as just a few of the obstacles hindering Google’s efforts.

Nevertheless, Google has made progress, bumping encryption rates from 53 per cent in 2013 to 77 per cent in 2016. The report highlights Gmail and Google Drive as having 100 per cent encryption (as long as messages are kept between two Gmail accounts), followed by Maps (83 per cent), advertising (77 per cent), news (60 per cent) and finance (58 per cent).

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Google shows encryption rates broken down by country.

Broken down by country, Canada and the US see overall encryption rates of 64 per cent and 72 per cent, and while the two countries sit within the top 10, they’re actually on the low end of the spectrum, with Mexico taking the top spot (86 per cent).

Google’s report comes at a tumultuous time for companies when it comes to privacy. Apple is currently battling the US government over its bid to gain access to the iPhone of one of the attackers responsible for the San Bernadino attacks in California.

Just last week Google, along with more than 20 other technology companies, threw it’s support behind Apple, and says it will continue to push for user privacy across all its platforms.


Megan Abraham is a staff writer for SiteProNews.