The New England Journal of Medicine has published a piece in which it says Google is losing to the encryption of web traffic and it is pushing back on the idea that the company can control what happens on the internet.
In a piece titled “Google is not immune from encryption debate,” the authors say the search giant has been working on a new tool called KeySweeper for years, which they say is meant to be used for “private, secure communications.”
Google’s KeySweeter is designed to be encrypted by Google and not accessible by anyone other than Google employees, the authors write.
The authors note that this means Google can “force its customers to use a new set of software that can only be accessed by the Google staff.”
This, the researchers say, means that Google can dictate what people can and can’t see on the web.
In an article titled “Encryption is not the answer,” the New York University School of Law, in an editorial entitled “Google, the NSA, and Google’s secret encryption tool,” wrote that encryption “is not a solution to privacy issues and is likely to leave us with less security than we have now.”
Instead, the article argues that Google should focus on improving its “security and privacy.”
Google says the company is not using KeySweeder as a backdoor for any kind of surveillance.