Google joins Apple in having phone data encryption as default

19 Sep 2014

Starting with Android’s next operating system, Google will make sure data is encrypted on Android phones by default, similar to what Apple also announced this week.

While known only as Android L so far, Google’s next operating system marks the first time that it would be set by default, something which will give users added protection from any potential intrusion, government or otherwise.

However, Android users have been able to opt in to the ability to encrypt their phone since 2011 but, according to the Washington Post, the majority of owners of Android phones have not been made aware of it or are unfamiliar with how to enable it.

This decision follows soon after Apple announced the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that they had created a new privacy policy that would prevent law enforcement authorities from openly accessing a user’s data.

In terms of when Android users are likely to see this increased level of protection kick in, the first new devices with it pre-installed are expected to begin shipping sometime in October while the December launch of Samsung’s new range is also believed to be running Android’s L operating system.

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Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic