New Version Of Android To Encrypt Data By Default
The next version of Android will encrypt data by default, preventing thieves and law enforcement agencies from accessing users’ personal information.
Data encryption has been optional on Android devices since 2011, but Android L, which is expected to reach the public in the next few months, will have new activation procedures that will encrypt data automatically. This news follows Apple’s announcement that data stored on devices running iOS 8 are protected by personal passcodes, which Apple can’t bypass, even if presented with a court order.
“”For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement,” Google said in a statement. “As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.”
This move comes as Apple CEO Tim Cook has become quite vocal in his criticism of Silicon Valley companies that build businesses around the collection of user data, with Google clearly being his biggest (unnamed) target. Cook recently said Apple has a “very different view” of privacy, noting that customers “are not our product.”