The above video references the following:
Matt Cutts when secured search first rolled out:
Google software engineer Matt Cutts, who’s been involved with the privacy changes, wouldn’t give an exact figure but told me he estimated even at full roll-out, this would still be in the single-digit percentages of all Google searchers on Google.com.
This Week in Google (TWIG) show 211, where Matt mentioned the inspiration for encrypted search:
we actually started doing encrypted.google.com in 2008 and one of the guys who did a lot of heavy lifting on that, his name is Evan, and he actually reports to me. And we started that after I read Little Brother, and we said “we’ve got to encrypt the web.”
The integration of organic search performance data inside AdWords.
The esteemed AdWords advertiser David Whitaker.
When asked about the recent increase in (not provided), a Google representative stated the following:
We want to provide SSL protection to as many users as we can, in as many regions as we can — we added non-signed-in Chrome omnibox searches earlier this year, and more recently other users who aren’t signed in. We’re going to continue expanding our use of SSL in our services because we believe it’s a good thing for users….
The motivation here is not to drive the ads side — it’s for our search users.
What an excellent time for Google to block paid search referrals as well.
If the move is important for user safety then it should apply to the ads as well.