Android L to encrypt devices by default

Looks like Apple isn't the only one pandering to privacy advocates. As the Washington Post reports, Google has made a similar announcement. Starting with Android L, user data will be encrypted and inaccessible to the government by default:

"For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement," said company spokeswoman Niki Christoff. "As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won't even have to think about turning it on."

The Post says privacy advocates are "ecstatic" about the announcements from both Apple and Google. As the paper points out, though, Android L isn't coming out until October, and the new default behavior may take a long time to propagate across the Android ecosystem. Many old (and not-so-old) Android phones won't be able to upgrade to the new release right away—if at all. Good thing encryption is already an optional feature on current devices, I guess. (Thanks to Ars Technica for the tip.)

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