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Tech Companies Tout Encryption, Privacy In Wake Of NSA Docs

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June 7, 2014
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Several high-profile tech companies are touting their security and privacy measures in response to NSA data collection practices. Video provided by Newsy


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Comcast Will Start Encrypting Emails, Follows Google's Advice

Comcast Will Start Encrypting Emails, Follows Google's Advice

TheStreet (June 4, 2014) — Comcast has answered Google's call to email providers to use encryption to enhance users' security. On Tuesday, Google revealed its email traffic with other providers that remains encrypted and found than less than 1% of messages sent from Gmail to Comcast.net address remained encrypted. Google has been encrypting its Gmail messages since 2010, but it only remains that way if it's encrypted on both the send and receipt ends. Now, Comcast said it would begin encrypting its users' emails for security. Encryption means the data within the message is scrambled, making it more difficult for government surveillance or snoops to access the information. Video provided by TheStreet
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Google to Boost the Search Result Rankings of Encrypted Web Sites

Google to Boost the Search Result Rankings of Encrypted Web Sites

TheStreet (Aug. 7, 2014) — Google says it's starting to use HTTPS encryption as a ranking signal as part of its effort to make the Internet safer. Google said for now, it's a lightweight signal, affecting fewer than 1% of global queries and carrying less weight than other signals like high-quality content. The company said it's giving webmasters time to switch to HTTPS because in the future, it may decide to strengthen the ranking signal. Websites using HTTP may start to slip down in Google's search results if they don't switch over to more secure encryption. Google said it encourages all Web sites to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep Web users more secure. Video provided by TheStreet
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Privacy Board Says NSA Program Legal, Effective, Problematic

Privacy Board Says NSA Program Legal, Effective, Problematic

Newsy (July 2, 2014) — The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board says the NSA's data-collection program is legal and effective, but needs more privacy protection. Video provided by Newsy
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FAA Considers Letting Film/TV Companies Use Drones for First Time

FAA Considers Letting Film/TV Companies Use Drones for First Time

TheStreet (June 3, 2014) — The FAA is reviewing a request by seven film and television companies to use drones when filming. The companies hope to use drones to achieve creative aerial shots, but they also can be less expensive than manned aircraft and some believe, safer. The FAA prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial purposes due to safety and privacy concerns. The FAA acknowledged that granting the exemptions could have "tangible economic benefits." In order to receive permission, the FAA said the companies must show that their drone operations won't be a safety hazard and would be in the public interest. Video provided by TheStreet
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