Google Joins Apple in Boosting up Encryption Policies

By Prarthito

Security issues are creeping up almost everyday, and it seems nobody is safe anymore and neither are their personal lives. However, both Google and Apple have decided to take a stance against it and have announced they will be boosting up the encryption tactics on devices powered by their mobile operating systems.

A Google spokesman told AFP that while encryption is already offered for the Android system on smartphones and tablets, it will now be turned on automatically in the upcoming version of software.

Google Joins Apple in Boosting up Encryption Policies


"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," the spokesman said in a statement.

"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."

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As far as Apple is concerned, the company announced that its new encryption is built into the iOS 8 operating system that's available on the iPhone 6, which goes on sale this Friday. Further, it also can be installed on many existing iPhones and iPads.

"Your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders, is placed under the protection of your passcode," says the new policy on Apple's website.

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"Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8."

Both Apple and Google have been subjected to widespread hacks in the past, hence the newest policies related to boosting up security isn't really something surprising.

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