As in iOS 8, Android Data To Be Encrypted by Default

The next generation of Google's Android operating system will have data encryption turned on by default, according to The Washington Post. This move puts Google in the same company as Apple, which this week unveiled a new privacy strategy that makes it harder for anyone but an iPhone's owner to access content on such devices.

Default encryption for Android and iOS essentially takes Google and Apple out of the equation when it comes to law enforcement and government agencies' efforts to access content on a person's mobile device. Such efforts have been widely criticized by technology companies since former National Security Agency contract employee Edward Snowden revealed how much personal data the NSA has been able to intercept via phones and online communications around the world.

While many Android devices already provide users with an encryption option, those running the updated Android L operating system -- set for release in October -- will have that option activated automatically. That means only a person with the device's password will be able to view stored content like text messages, photos and videos.

Bypass 'Not Technically Feasible'

With encryption switched on by default and passwords residing only with an Android device's owner, Google will not have any way to bypass that person's security, even if it were to be served with a warrant by authorities. The same holds true for Apple devices running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 8.

"I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a back door in any of our products or services," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement describing his company's updated privacy policy. "We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will."

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