Tue. Feb 25th, 2020

Google is subject to anti-monopoly review due to new DNS encryption protocol

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Google’s plan to use the new Internet protocol has raised concerns among US Congressional antitrust investigators who fear that this could lead to unfair competition. Investigators want to know if Google will use the data collected through the new agreement for commercial purposes.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, investigators from the House Judiciary Committee asked Google in a letter on September 13 about “decision regarding whether to adopt or promote the adoption.” The new DNS encryption protocol, called DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH), aims to increase the privacy and security of the Internet by encrypting traffic, thereby preventing hackers from deceiving websites. The company plans to begin testing new protocols through chrome browser users next month. The new standard may change the Internet competition, which raises concerns that this will give Google an unfair advantage in user data.

To this end, Google spokesperson said: “Google has no plans to centralize or change people’s DNS providers to Google by default. Any claim that we are trying to become the centralized encrypted DNS provider is inaccurate.”