December 8, 2013 in News by admin
“Gmail and Google Calendar users interested in obtaining a copy of all of their messages and appointments will soon have a much easier way to do so: Google today introduced the ability to download data from those services from your account settings page. Google Calendar users will be able to download their data starting today, while Gmail support “will be rolled out over the next month.”
The data is exported in standard, widely supported formats—MBOX for e-mail and iCalendar for your appointments. Most e-mail clients and services can read these files, making it easier to switch from Gmail and Google Calendar to a competing service or even an e-mail server you run yourself (for the privacy-minded among you). You can download individual e-mail labels or calendars or opt to download everything at once. Your data will remain stored on Google’s servers unless you delete it or close your account, however.
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November 8, 2013 in News, Security by admin
Google has started to encrypt its traffic between its data centers, effectively halting the broad surveillance of its inner workings by the joint National Security Agency-GCHQ program known as MUSCULAR. The move turns off a giant source of information to the two agencies, which at one point accounted for nearly a third of the NSA’s daily data intake for its primary intelligence analysis database—at least for now.
Yesterday, the Washington Post shared additional slides produced by the NSA on the MUSCULAR program, which tapped into the fiber-optic networks carrying traffic to and from Google’s and Yahoo’s overseas data centers. The slides indicated that data from the networks frequently reached the daily intelligence briefing provided to President Barack Obama. They cited the joint operation with GHCQ as the fifteenth-largest source of intelligence data for those briefings.
The slides also revealed that the NSA obtained an intimate understanding of the internal operations of these networks, which suggests it either launched a significant reverse-engineering operation to pry apart Google’s and Yahoo’s secrets or it obtained this information from people who worked for the two companies (maybe even some combination of the two). Either way, the effort amounts to a major intelligence operation to discover the trade secrets of two major American companies.
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