Google has made a point of stating that data in its Cloud Storage service is encrypted by default, and that might be a good move because many users are spooked by the National Security Agency's data monitoring, David Linthicum writes. "The server-side encryption is now active for all new data written to Cloud Storage, and older data will be encrypted in the coming months," Google's Dave Barth wrote in a blog post. As Linthicum observes, "Although this seems to be mainly a PR ploy on Google's part, I think it's a step in the right direction, and I suspect other cloud storage providers will follow."

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