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Schmidt tells panel at SXSW that Google is 'pretty sure' data is safe

updated 12:40 pm EDT, Sun March 9, 2014

Google encryption process upgraded according to Executive Chairman

At a panel in Austin, Texas during SXSW, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told the audience that the company felt "pretty sure that now the information inside of Google is safe from prying eyes, including those of the US government." This of course comes after the company completed a security system improvement, the process of which had began before the information was leaked by Edward Snowden and Britain's GCHQ data center data transmission interception.

During the talk, Schmidt admitted that Google had been attacked by the Chinese in 2010, as well as by the NSA in 2013. Schmidt spoke on how he thought no differently of the US government attacks from the attacks of any other attempts from outside governments. CNBC quotes Schmidt as saying that "your data is very safe" from Google's perspective after the changes in security.

According to CNET, Schmidt told the audience at the panel that to protect from intrusions by the government the solution is "to encrypt data more." Schmidt clarified that even though Google thinks its data is most likely safe, the company is still subject to requests under the Patriot Act and "secret" US courts.

Joined by Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen, the pair also spoke about the changing landscape of technology and society. The pair had written about the topic in the book The New Digital Age in 2013.

by MacNN Staff



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