The Folly of Internet Wiretapping

The last 10 years have seen a great number of advancements in the sophistication and usability of strong encryption programs, and many people now use encrypted messaging services by default. This has made it much simpler for people to keep their private thoughts and data private and secure, and now the government is working diligently to roll back all of that progress with a naive, ill-conceived effort to cripple secure communications networks in the name of national security.

WASHINGTON, D.C.– As the speed of technological innovation has continued to increase in recent years, it has completely outpaced the ability of companies, consumers and regulators to keep up with the ways in which those changes affect online privacy, experts say, and in order to make real improvements in the way that sensitive data is handled, all of the concerned parties will need to change the way they think about privacy.

Google is planning to overhaul its main privacy policy in an effort to make the document more readable and usable for normal people. In addition, Google also is eliminating privacy policies for some of its individual products and services, which it deemed redundant.

In case you needed any reminders that privacy is one of the more pressing problems on the Web right now, this week’s news provided plenty of them. Along with stories of Facebook’s continued privacy missteps, this week gave us the gift of Google letting users install some Google code to opt out of other Google code, as well as Adobe perhaps moving to a monthly patch cycle. Read on for the full week in review.

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