By securing all emails through an encrypted HTTPS connection. This being done in response to the NSA, which has been intercepting email messages in transit between data centers and servers. Now that their tactics have come to light, companies like Google realize that if they don’t secure their customers’ information, people will cease using Google and take their business to another company that does.
According to Google:
Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers—no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.
It’s refreshing to see a major corporation openly discuss and declare steps taken to fight against unconstitutional surveillance of innocent people by their government.
Notice how much faster and easier a private company like Google acts to protect the security of its customers compared to Congress – comprised of people who put on the pretense of representing others and their interests. Congress is elected specifically to promote their citizens’ interests, but does anyone actually believe this is the case? At the end of the day, does anyone truly believe the representative or senator claiming to represent them even cares what they think?
If they did, does anyone also believe the director of the NSA wouldn’t be tossed into the deepest darkest prison in the country after lying under oath during a congressional hearing about whether or not the agency was spying on Americans?
Not unless they are a big campaign donor or have the ability to influence the vote during an election year. For commoners like you and I, this means we get ignored unless it’s to spy on us.
The problem with this arrangement is that people cannot switch representatives or senators except when and only when they have a majority of people within the congressional district or state vote the same. In the private sector, people are free to choose with whom they will do business and they do not require anyone else to agree with them to change this arrangement. Nobody can force anyone to use Google, which forces Google to adapt and change in accordance with customer demands.
Every cloud has a silver lining, I suppose.
To give my usual spiel, Google’s actions give you a small taste of what a libertarian anarchist society would be like, with people voluntarily using or not using services and companies acting in response to public demand. Only when you have government, which does not involve consent from the governed on an individual basis, do you get situations like this where peoples’ rights are violated by those who claim to represent them and yet the people do not have the authority to fire them or remove them on an individual basis.