Android L phones will shut out NSA for increased privacy

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Just days after Apple added encryption by default to iOS 8; Google has announced its next-generation Android software will equally prevent law enforcement officers and governments getting their hands on user information.

As with Apple’s security tool, only people with passwords or passcodes for devices running Android L will be able to access the files on it.

Google’s announcement follows Apple’s announcement that it neither stores nor has access to personal information from its iOS and Mac OS X users. Both companies are feeling public pressure in an era of increased NSA surveillance, and Google’s announcement will help it distance itself from government snooping, a move that could help Android gain further adoption in the government and enterprise space.

“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,” Google told the Washington Post “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.”