Google released a new encryption tool that the company built to help users secure their internet privacy, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
Nicole Perlroth writes that the tool, dubbed End-to-End, works to help email users encrypt messages they send out until they reach their intended recipient and are decrypted.
Both users must use End-to-End or another encryption service to send or receive encrypted messages, the Times reports.
Google says only 40-50 percent of emails sent between Gmail and other browsers are encrypted even though 95 percent of web traffic from Google is encrypted.
However, if the service provider on the other end does not also support encryption, then nothing is protected.
Google and other service providers like Comcast are starting to answer to public demands for more internet privacy, according to the Times.
“We are supportive of, and want to drive the adoption of, encryption,” Comcast spokesperson Charlie Davis told the Times,