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Facebook: Encryption Ensures Undersea Data Security

But Experts Say Malicious Actors Are Lurking

By Charles McDermid

Last of two parts.

Facebook and Google are building a fiber-optic undersea cable market to carry data across the world. In this report, Facebook says encryption will protect data, though experts raise questions. 

Facebook and Google now are the biggest players in the undersea fiber-optic cable market, investing heavily in multiple subsea networks and raising concerns about private ownership of vital global infrastructure — as well as the potential threats to data privacy.

The internet giants’ emergence in the subsea cable sector comes amid insatiable global demand for content, bandwidth and storage — and as underwater networks increasingly are recognized as essential for the world’s governments and economics, not to mention millions of everyday people.