“Google and Facebook both quietly increased their defenses over the summer, in some cases expediting programs that were already in the works, soon after the first news reports about the NSA’s online data-gathering.”
This is perhaps a sequel to Snowden’s story of exposing evidence about NSA’s wiretapping activity through the giant Internet companies. While the story suggests that NSA has made Internet giants like Google and Facebook compromise in providing user information, this article describes the companies effort to increase the security of their data. Now, it seems like the future of our data stored in these companies lies in the technology battle between the them and the government agencies. While implementing encryption to protect the data can be complicated and costly, maybe the companies can lobby policymakers to do something in redefining the power mandated to government agencies like NSA.