SAN FRANCISCO — As much as 50% of e-mail traffic sent from or to Gmail users isn’t really private, and Google thinks it should be.
To nudge e-mail providers to make use of already existing encryption, Google on Tuesday published a page telling users which e-mail services support encryption and which do not, based on what it can see of e-mails sent by Gmail’s 425 million active users worldwide.
This news is good yet appalling. We’ve had the technology to do this for years now, and all it takes is the flip of a switch. You see, it doesn’t matter whether Google encrypts its email (it does), but whether both sending and receiving parties have encryption turned on.
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