In response to Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations, Google is working to make complex encryption tools, such as PGP, easier to use in Gmail.
PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, is an encryption utility that historically has been difficult to break. But Google has “research underway to improve the usability of PGP with Gmail,” according to a person at the company familiar with the matter.
If Google is actually going to throw engineers and designers (most important: lots, and lots, and lots of UI and UX designers!) towards improving the basic usability of PGP that would be incredible. However, given people’s suspicion of the company given the NSA disclosures I have to wonder whether any public offering from Google will be regarded as some kind of a trojan horse by some civil liberties groups and the cynical public alike.