Android L is closer to us than ever and it seems that Washington Post received a glimpse of what is to come from Google itself! It appears that devices shipping with Android L will be having default encrypted disks – the move is a step forward in preventing law enforcement from obtaining information from smartphones and tablets without the owner’s consent.

This change will allow Google to avoid certain ethical and legal questions when it comes to search warrants issued against devices. Considering the fact that they will not be able to provide tools that can be used to access encrypted data on devices this means they cannot be compelled to do it either.

What automatic encryption will do is protect devices from law enforcement or hacker access without authorization. This does not stop law enforcement officers from raiding your cloud stored data though.

Full-disk encryption is available on Android devices since 2011, but it was not enabled by default and most users have not enabled it themselves. This implementation is extremely helpful and efficient and it would not affect battery life or device performance.

New Android devices shipping with the L release will have encryption turned on but it is yet unclear if existing devices will be encrypted automatically after they are updated to the Android L OS.

Source: Washington Post

 

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