Transparency reporting is a powerful tool for providing online users with information on how governments access their personal data. In addition, this form of public accountability has proven useful in advocating for better policies and regulation around access and removal of a user’s data by law enforcement. In recent years, Google has attempted to use these principles to inform users about the state of online security as well as encourage the online software industry to adopt best practices around encryption.
Since the launch of the Email Encryption in Transit transparency report, Google has seen a more than 40% increase in encrypted emails going in and out of Gmail. Can public accountability really be used to drive the adoption of security practices inside a company and the industry at large? Michee Smith explores the successes and pitfalls of sharing this type of data and how to approach similar endeavors.
Michee Smith is a product manager for security and privacy at Google, where she is responsible for infrastructure products that provide transparency to users and internal data governance operations on the handling of personal data. Michee is passionate about ensuring that privacy is embedded in every step of the product and data lifecycle. Previously, she spent 12 years in a variety of software development and program management roles at Microsoft.
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