Sep 18 AT 9:44 PM Nick Sarafolean 9 Comments

Android L will keep your device more secure by enabling encryption out of the box

Android L Preview Nexus 7 (JPG, Resized)

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.

Source: The Washington Post

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  • mindnumb

    So how does encryption work on my Google searches, the government only cares about our online activity, not what games people play on their devices….still no real privacy protection from the government. they simple hand over any data the government wants with no questions asked….

    • jamal adam

      This won’t work on anything in the cloud but nonetheless, having it automatically enabled will keep it out of the hands of law enforcement and also Google is not storing the master key for the encryption and therefore no one but you should know it.

  • dbareis

    I wanted to turn it on, but I also want a pattern lock!

  • Carl

    Has the same flaws as Apple’s approach – all your good stuff is in the cloud unencrypted and exempt from PR stunt “privacy.” What’s worse is Google is an ad company and has a vested interest in capturing every little data point where Apple does to a much lesser extent. That said I am hopeful for the day where this is actually solved and people don’t have to worry about fundamental rights like this. Until then I will cautiously cuddle my Moto X, trading off freedom for convenience.

  • MyLameName

    So no one cares that now it’s easier for terrorists to communicate without the government listening? I’d rather them know my Facebook status and be able to intercept bombing attempts than keep my privacy and have a bomb denote in my next flight.

    • Carl

      This is local device encryption only. It does little to thwart the scenario you are concerned about. It does however make it harder for police to look at the potentially incriminating photos and texts locally stored on your device. There are other local security benefits as well.

    • Chris

      So what you are saying is… if the government “claims” installing video cameras in everyone’s home so they can be watched and monitored 24/7 as well as requiring everyone to wear a device that will monitor their locations and transmit/record all vocal communications will be an effort to fight terrorism… you will be the FIRST to sign up for that… .right????

    • White people won Ferguson MO war

      You are an idiot. We should send you Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson for a nice whipping!

      • oade

        The fact you reference mainstream BS in your convo just shows how retarded you are