13:05 19th Sep, 2014
Android L To Apparently Be Encrypted By Default
Google is making it pretty clear that it doesn't want to have anything to do with assisting the US Government snooping on its users
In the wake of privacy threats, hacks and government snooping, Google's upcoming Android L mobile OS will be encrypted by default, according to a Washington Post report. The news comes hot on the heels of Apple rolling out security updates that make it harder for the feds to gain access to the data stored on your device.
It isn't clear if Google will just turn on the full-disk encryption option (which rolled out in 2011) as default with Android L, but the report adds that no one will have access to data stored on your device, not even Google. There was also no mention of users having to enter a four-digit PIN upon setup of their devices.
Given the recent increase in user data requests coming from US government agencies, any form of encryption will surely mean Google (like Apple) won't be able to assist them in retrieving your personal data. According to Google spokesperson Niki Christoff, the passcodes are not stored online or anywhere off the device, making them impossible to share.
According to the report the company has been working on the software feature for months now and is ready to roll it out with Android L. It's a clear stance from the company's perspective that it wants to have nothing to do with the feds wanting to unknowingly retrieve data from users devices, which is great.
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