Up until last week Google and other companies were barred for disclosing how many requests they were receiving from the National Security Agency and PRISM. This ban was lifted last week when the US Government settled a lawsuit with the tech industry. Now companies such as Google can list NSA requests in their Transparency Report, a semi-annual publication that shows how often governments collect information on its users.
It seems that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been in the new a lot lately, especially after the leak of the PRISM operation by Edward Snowden. After that leak many people are paranoid especially given the facts, but now there are rumors for reliable sources that the NSA could be implanting permanent backdoors in both Intel and AMD chips.
According to a report on CNET, Google is preparing a new type of encryption on its Google Drive files that prevents the NSA and other intelligence organizations from accessing the files. Google is doing this to increase user privacy of its cloud storage and synchronization service.