I found today that Google allows you to reach its search engine and submit searches over non-https connection.

Visiting http://google.com, results in a redirect to the URL https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl

Attempting to visit http://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl (note, the protocol) results in access to Google over non-HTTPS connection.

Why does Google allow this?

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    It seems that they do it in order to allow proxy's to keep up with the traffic in school environments, see here – user2813274 Aug 7 '14 at 15:57
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    What would be the reason to not allow it? – TTT Aug 7 '14 at 16:08
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    If they can't decrypt the students' Google traffic, safe-search can't be enforced. – Greg Aug 7 '14 at 17:04
  • Clearly the best way to find out why Google does something is to ask someone else. – tylerl Aug 8 '14 at 19:04

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