Before data is even written to disk, Google Cloud Storage will automatically protect data using 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-128). Google Cloud Service is a paid storage infrastructure targeted towards robust users and companies, including Ubisoft and DNAnexus. Users can still manage their own encryption keys before transferring data, but this added automatic encryption feature will be available for free.
Google says the feature is already active for all new data, while older content will be encrypted “in the coming months.”
While The Verge suggested that Google’s move to add encryption could be in response to heightened “customer anxiety” over government spying, a Google spokesperson brushed off these claims. The company reiterated to Mashable that it doesn’t provide encryption keys to any government, and responded as follows:
“We provide user data to governments only in accordance with the law. Our legal team reviews each and every request, and we frequently push back when the requests appear to be fishing expeditions or don’t follow the correct process. When we are required to comply with these requests, we deliver it to the authorities. No government has the ability to pull data directly from our servers or network.”