Well this is something the Android-faithful have to look forward to. The advent of privacy-centric devices like the BlackPhone and secure content (galleries, chat, etc.) are a sign of the times, but according to the Washington Post, Google seems to want it from the start baking in device encryption out of the box.
These measure will ensure privacy, but will also make it more difficult for law enforcement officials and security personnel to access your personal data. Though Android has had optional encryption for devices for some time now, next month’s Android software update will be the first time that encryption will be turned on out of the box for all users.
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.
“Expanded deployment of encryption by Google and Apple, however, will have the largest effect on law enforcement officials, who have long warned that restrictions on their access to electronic devices makes it much harder for them to prevent and solve crimes,” says the Post. I for one think there’s a trade-off and out government has already proven it’s able and willing to overstep. What do you think?