Google is pushing all of its data centers to encrypted email. Google’s also pushing other providers to use TLS security to protect email messages from prying eyes.
New transparency data shows an uptick in the number of encrypted email messages.
But even with the increase in the number of encrytped messages, it’s still not enough. As Google points out, “Emails sent between Gmail users are encrypted as they move between our data centers—but about 40 percent of emails sent between Gmail and other providers aren’t encrypted.”
That leaves a lot of work to complete before we see more secure transmissions. Of course, if everyone was using Google Apps, we’d have a lot less concern about encryption.
Despite Google’s assurances, I’m still scared that Google’s the one holding the key to releasing the encrypted message.