As some of you might be aware, a couple of years ago, Google announced their plans to implement DNS over TLS in Chrome. In case you’re hearing about this for the first time, this will essentially prevent spying and spoofing and will help protect users while they surf the web, assuming they use Chrome.
It sounds like a good thing, but it also seems that Congress and US lawmakers aren’t too thrilled with the idea. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the House Judiciary Committee is said to be investigating Google’s plans for the feature, while the Department of Justice is said to have received complaints about the implementation of the feature.
Apparently with Google implementing encrypted DNS, the government is worried that it would give Google an unfair advantage over others as it would mean that they could potentially deny access to users’ data, namely to internet service providers who will not be able to learn as much about how their customers use the internet.
That being said, Google isn’t alone in trying to implement this feature. Mozilla also has plans to do the same with its Firefox browser, and according to Mozilla’s Marshall Erwin, he believes that the complaints have surfaced namely because ISPs want to continue to track their users’ data.