Google has made an announcement that with Android L, its next mobile operating system, the data of the users would be encrypted by default. With this measure, hacking private information and handing it to law enforcement agencies will become more difficult.
On Thursday, Apple announced that the devices running the new iOS8 software will be encrypted by default and even the company wouldn’t have access to it.
Encryption has been offered for some time by both the firms, but several users are not aware of its existence or hadn’t enabled it.
Earlier this week, Tim Cook, the boss of Apple posted a message online giving the users an assurance that the philosophy of the company was a great customer experience and that it shouldn’t come at the expense of privacy.
Even default encryption for all devices running iOS8 software was announced and Cook said that the information of customers wouldn’t be used for selling things to them.
He stated that “We don’t ‘monetise’ the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud,” he wrote, “and we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you.”
He further added that although Apple has iAd, an advertising business, users can disable this function. Shortly after the stance on privacy was announced by Google, a spokesman said that for over 3 years, encryption has been offered by Android and the keys aren’t stored off the device, so they can’t be shared with law enforcement.