In a world where government snooping is becoming normal, companies are finding new ways to combat the invasion of privacy. One of the simplest ways to do this is by offering encryption for the contents of a device. Google has been offering encryption on some Android devices since 2011, but it’s always been shut off by default and hasn’t been easily accessible to turn on, leading very few to take advantage of it.
In light of last year’s onslaught of NSA leaks and surveillance allegations, Google is taking a further step in Android L. Device encryption will be enabled out of the box, foiling any plans to access the device’s contents without a password. This should prevent police forces and other law enforcement officials from accessing a phone’s content. While the feature won’t come until the release of Android L, it’s good to see Google being proactive in security.