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Google Is Giving Itself an Encryption Report Card

A new addition to the search giant's transparency report.

The Verge

Today, Google added a new section to its transparency report, giving users a running tally of how many Google requests use HTTPS encryption. Groups like the EFF have long pushed for wider usage of HTTPS, but implementation can be demanding, particularly for services as complex as Google’s. “Our aim with this project is to hold ourselves accountable and encourage others to encrypt so we can make the Web even safer for everyone,” Google said in an accompanying statement.

Roughly three-quarters of requests from Google products use SSL. Products like Gmail and Drive require SSL encryption, which powers HTTPS, for security reasons, but it’s less important for casual products like Maps or News. Still, Google figures show SSL usage growing gradually more encrypted over the past two years.

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