Google Adds SSL Encryption to Fend Off Privacy Fears

Google has implemented Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on its search page to prevent it gaining access to user data, following its 'accidental' collection of private information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks around the world.

The SSL encryption system will create a secure connection between users' browsers and Google, preventing the search giant from obtaining any private user information, even if it wanted to.

This move to protect user privacy comes after Google received heavy criticism from privacy regulators around the world for breaching user privacy while collecting data for its Street View project.

Google explained that when users access the search engine, an encrypted connection is formed between the user's browser and the web site, encrypting all user names, passwords and other private information before sending it to the Google servers.

Writing on the official Google Blog, Evan Roseman, Software Engineer with Google said: “Usually recognised by a web address starting with 'https' or a browser lock icon, this technology is regularly used by online banking sites and e-commerce websites.”