Google made an announcement regarding Android L, its next mobile operating system, stating that this system will perform data encryption in mobile phones by default. With this measure, it will become more difficult for law enforcement agencies to get access to private information and it will be less vulnerable to hacking attempts as well. Later, Apple Inc. also announced that the default data encryption would be implemented in all devices operating on the new iOS 8 software. In fact, the security would be so tight that the iPhone maker itself will not be able to gain access to the encrypted data.
Both companies have been offering encryption for a while, but a large number of users hadn’t enabled it because they weren’t aware of its existence. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO posted an online message earlier this week in which he assured customers about the company’s philosophy. According to him, customers shouldn’t have to sacrifice their privacy in order to get some good experience. Not only did Tim Cook announce default data encryption in devices running on iOS 8, but he also took a swipe at Google, which was thinly veiled. He said that the company didn’t use the information of customers for selling things to them.
He asserted that the information stored by users on iCloud and iPhones wasn’t monetized and neither were their emails read for marketing products and services to them. Mr. Cook also said that Apple did have an advertising business called iAD, but customers had the option of disabling it as per their preference. It didn’t take Google long for announcing its own stance concerning privacy. A spokesman of the company said that Android has been offering data encryption for three years and the data couldn’t be shared with law enforcement because it wasn’t being stored on the device.
It was mentioned that in the next Android release, encryption will be set as default so users will not have to think about turning it on. These are the footsteps of the beleaguered BlackBerry, which had offered data encryption settings as default in the devices for a long time, making it the top choice of major corporations and organizations. A Technology reporter from www.64bitz.com reports that the focus on privacy by both Apple and Google was provoked by the leaking of the nude photos of celebrities online in this month. Actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were affected by this breach and security experts had linked it to the vulnerabilities found in the iCloud storage offered by Apple.
US firms are also protected because of the introduction of default data encryption because they will not have to hand over any data to the law enforcement agencies. They will not be in possession of any data because user passwords are required for unlocking encryption and they will not have any access to them. Numerous notable US tech firms including Twitter, Microsoft, Google, Dropbox and Facebook have been fighting off requests of private data of users made by the government. Data encryption will reassure users that their data remains safe from third-parties.