The offer by Google to encrypt applications for domain names seems to raise hackles among American authorities.
The Wall Street Journal discovered that Google's plans to introduce DNS over TLS in Chrome are being investigated by the House Judiciary Committee, while the Department of Justice has "lately obtained complaints" about the procedure.
While Google claims it is pressing for technology implementation to avoid spying and spoofing, House researchers are concerned that by refusing access to user data, this would offer the Internet giant an unfair benefit.
On September 13th, the House sent a letter requesting whether Google would use information processed for business reasons through the method. Google argued that its Chrome tweaks would offer customers power over who is sharing their data, and not push individuals to move to encrypted DNS.
That probably won't alleviate the concerns of telecoms. Internet service providers are concerned about being locked out of the information and not knowing as much about the traffic trends of their clients. This could "foreshadow competition in advertising and other sectors," a 19th letter from an ISP partnership informed Congress.
However, Google may not have much to care about, as it is not the only one working for the same encryption. Mozilla also intends to use the format to safeguard DNS in Firefox, and Marshall Erwin of the company informed the WSJ that the antitrust grip is "essentially false."
ISPs are attempting to undermine the norm merely because they want ongoing access to information from customers, Erwin said. Unencrypted DNS enables them track advertisements by monitoring your internet practices, and it is more difficult than cookies and other typical methods to thwart DNS monitoring.